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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin better for older adults for the flu?

Is tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin better for older adults for the flu?

Both work, but...: Both are effective at reducing fever, aches and pains. Both are generally safe, in appropriate doses. Motrin is antiinflammatory, tylenol (acetaminophen) is not. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can affect liver function, especially in drinkers. Motrin can irritate stomachs, can cause bleedingulcers, or kidney problems. Side effects/risks can vary with underlying medical condition, other meds, dosage, and duration of use. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Have the flu. Just noticed blood in my stool. It's red, not black. Been taking lots of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Also took tamiflu (oseltamivir).

Have the flu. Just noticed blood in my stool. It's red, not black. Been taking lots of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Also took tamiflu (oseltamivir).

Red in stool: This is likely a hemorrhoid. Soften the stools with colace (docusate sodium) 100 mg two times a day and use a teaspoon of mineral oil three to four times a day. This should help. You should have this checked by a gastrointestinal specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Flu and motrin, does the flu lose it's strength when taking motrin?

Flu and motrin, does the flu lose it's strength when taking motrin?

No but it can : Decrease symptoms. If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing. ...Read more

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I seem to have gotten something real ugly resembling the flu. Motrin lowered fever 1st 2 days, but now its not. Any advice?

I seem to have gotten something real ugly resembling the flu. Motrin lowered fever 1st 2 days, but now its not. Any advice?

Bacterial infection: If fever continues you should check with your p.C.P. There could be secondary bacterial infection after flu infection. ...Read more

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My fever has come and gone for almost 12 hours. How long does fever last with the flu. I can only take Tylenol! 4k mgs in 24 hrs, right?

My fever has come and gone for almost 12 hours. How long does fever last with the flu. I can only take Tylenol! 4k mgs in 24 hrs, right?

Flu...: with the flu, the fever can last for a few days. The maximum dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) is 3 grams (or 3000mg) in 24 hours. Be careful not to exceed this dose as it can lead to liver damage. If your symptoms worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have the flu. Am taking tamaflu and motrin 800. Is it ok to take nyquil before bed as well??

I have the flu. Am taking tamaflu and motrin 800. Is it ok to take nyquil before bed as well??

Nyquil: Nyquil is usually a combination of tyelenol, anhistamine, dextromethorphan and possibly phenylephrine. Tyelenol and motrin serve largely the same function so there is no need to add combine motrin with nyquil. Otherwise, these medications are safe to take with oseltamavir or "Tamiflu" Be sure to get plenty of rest and wash your hands to prevent spread of the flu. ...Read more

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42 yr-old with a 14-yr history of regular episodes of flu-like symptoms like low fever, cold extremities, joint pain, facial flushing, digestive.....?

42 yr-old with a 14-yr history of regular episodes of flu-like symptoms like low fever, cold extremities, joint pain, facial flushing, digestive.....?

Flu symptoms: Many patients with a connective tissue disease may have nonspecific or flulike symptoms. This includes fatigue, muscle and joint pains, difficulty sleeping, and low-grade temperature. I recommend an evaluation by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


Dr. Alvin Stein
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Acetaminophen (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more