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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


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I take 60mg propranolol and have a sore throat can I take Tylenol?

I take 60mg propranolol and have a sore throat can I take Tylenol?

Propranolol tylenol: Take 60mg propranolol and have a sore throat can I take Tylenol? ANS: unless there is a good reason you should not take Tylenol should be OK but alway best to ask you Dr. Who hopefully knows your age and reason you are taking propranolol as you did not tell me. ...Read more

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Which is better: Aleve (naproxen) or Advil for sore throat?

Sore Throat: Aleve (naproxen) contains Naproxen and advil constains ibuprofen. The pain relief effects of aleve (naproxen) may last longer than advil. You really could use either one. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 25 years it started with a sore throat. Now my throat just feels itchy. It irritates my throat and ill start coughing like crazy. During my cough my chest starts to hurt. Kinda feels like I need to catch my breath. I've tried advil, mucinex, therafl

Hi. I'm 25 years it started with a sore throat. Now my throat just feels itchy. It irritates my throat and ill start coughing like crazy. During my cough my chest starts to hurt. Kinda feels like I need to catch my breath. I've tried advil, mucinex, therafl

Allergies/asthma: The symptoms you describe sound like they might be caused by allergies to something in your indoor or outdoor environment (pollens, dust, grass, pet fur/dander, etc). You might also have some reactive airway disease exacerbated by the same. Examine your environment for potential allergens and try to eliminate exposure to them. If this does not resolve, seek further medical evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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I had a fever of 104 dregrees 1 day ago and took tylenol once and sweated a lot after that and then my body temperature has dropped down to 93-95. But I still have a sore throat. No coughing or sneezing but I can feel mucus is developing. Is the low body

I had a fever of 104 dregrees 1 day ago and took tylenol once and sweated a lot after that and then my body temperature has dropped down to 93-95. But I still have a sore throat. No coughing or sneezing but I can feel mucus is developing. Is the low body

Call Doc or go to ER: Both high and LOW temperatures can be signs of infection with low temperatures being often being more worrisome of a systemic infection or bacteremia. Although, this is not diagnostic of a severe condition a low temperature like that is worrisome and needs to be checked sooner than later. ...Read more

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My illness started with a bad headache and a sore throat. After two days of taking Advil, my headache went away but my sore throat stayed and red, pimple-like bumps were forming all over my hands, feet, and face. Is there a way to cure this?

My illness started with a bad headache and a sore throat. After two days of taking Advil, my headache went away but my sore throat stayed and red, pimple-like bumps were forming all over my hands, feet, and face. Is there a way to cure this?

Doctor can check: A sore throat can be evaluated by a primary care doctor to see what the cause might be. Sometimes it is a strep throat bacterial infection (antibiotics would be needed to treat strep). Other possibilities include viral infections such as Hand-Foot-Mouth disease or Mononucleosis (mono), a tonsillar abcess, throat ulcers, etc... The doctor has to look at the throat and rash to figure things out. ...Read more

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I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back. Any suggestions?

I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back. Any suggestions?

See your ENT: You have some sort of chronic problem, but it is hard to know what is going on over the computer. Most likely you are dealing with allergies, chronic sinusitis, or perhaps laryngeal reflux. A thorough history, physical exam and maybe some x-rays or other tests will help sort out the problem. Sinus rinses are a helpful solution for sinus congestion and allergy complaints as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello, sore throat 15 days, antibiotics 9 days, take Tylenol/Advil Prn but still majorly hurts to move my tounge...Help. I've taken naproxen at night,?

Hello, sore throat 15 days, antibiotics 9 days, take Tylenol/Advil Prn but still majorly hurts to move my tounge...Help. I've taken naproxen at night,?

See a doctor: There are some possible complications of a sore throat, such as peritonsillar abscess, or epiglottitis, that would need treatment urgently, as they can be dangerous, so I have to advise that you be seen and examined by a physician or other qualified provider. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take hydrocodone-acetaminophen for a sore throat from mono? The sore throat makes it near impossible to eat and sleep.

Is it safe to take hydrocodone-acetaminophen for a sore throat from mono? The sore throat makes it near impossible to eat and sleep.

? Won't help: Steroids would better suit this condition and help the soreness, ask your doctor about it, meanwhile, use salt water gargles and non-steroidal pain killers as ibuprofen OTC, read the labels carefully, wish you a speedy recovery ...Read more

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How many days can I safely take acetaminophen (in NyQuil) for my sore throat (my doc recommended it)? Not strep. It's the only way I can sleep.

How many days can I safely take acetaminophen (in NyQuil) for my sore throat (my doc recommended it)? Not strep. It's the only way I can sleep.

Not quite right: Question.
Like so many things, tylenol (acetaminophen) is good except in overdose. The more reliable estimates are that tylenol (acetaminophen) overdoses (including intentional) produce serious harm rarely. Make sure you are NOT taking additional tylenol (acetaminophen) AT THE SAME TIME as nyquil (percocet, other cold meds, headache meds ALL have it among others).
Don't overdose, no limit on how many times you can take it. ...Read more

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I took two types of medications with acetaminophen without knowing to stop a fever and sore throat and now I have small little lumps under my lip?

Canker sores: Is the most common oral lesions. In some instances, they can be a sign of other conditions affecting the body (e.g. fever). Most ulcers, infections will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress/anxiety cause Reaction to both Advil/Aleve (itchy throat) & tylenol (stuffy/blocked nose & throat) all of a sudden, was ok with all?

Can extreme stress/anxiety cause Reaction to both Advil/Aleve (itchy throat) & tylenol (stuffy/blocked nose & throat) all of a sudden, was ok with all?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for help but see doctor first to rule out allergy, which can be dangerous. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I sore around my feet ankles from Brisk walking not done it in while. Should I wait until it heals beside I brisk walk again? Advil or Tylenol for it

I sore around my feet ankles from Brisk walking not done it in while. Should I wait until it heals beside I brisk walk again? Advil or Tylenol for it

Is it an open sore?: Is it an open sore? Or are you sore from the walkin? . I suspect the latter. After an injury usually the recommendation is to ice and rest. Depending on your total health the above meds can be used. If thisis a persistent problem you need an evaluation. ...Read more

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What might be wrong with my neck/back? Stabbing pain for more than 5 days. First noticed when seated at computer, having been online for more than two hours. Pain is consistent, does not respond to tylenol or advil. Using ice packs makes negligible diff

What might be wrong with my neck/back? Stabbing pain for more than 5 days. First noticed when seated at computer, having been online for more than two hours. Pain is consistent, does not respond to tylenol or advil. Using ice packs makes negligible diff

You: You may have strained the muscles/joints in your neck. I would recommend resting your neck, adjusting your computer screen so you do not have to look up or down, regular anti-inflammatory (discuss with your doctor what is safe for you) and hot shower and neck stretches once or twice a day. If this does not work then you should see your doctor for assessment and physical therapy.

Stretching routine
1. Hot shower to loosen neck
2. Place neck in following positions and hold your head in that position with your hand. Relax your neck and slowly try to increase the stretch over days-weeks.

Flex head forward x 30 secs
extend head x 30 secs
turn right x 30 secs
turn left x 30 secs
bend right x 30 secs
bend left x 30 secs

repeat 3 times.
You may repeat this routine daily. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why isn't Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) help my throat pain?

Why isn't Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) help my throat pain?

Try something local: Too. F you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Can I take childrens tylenol (acetaminophen) for my sore throat?

Yes: Children's tylenol is the same chemical composition as regular tylenol (acetaminophen) but made at lower doses which are safer for children. Most children's tylenol containers will have a chart indicating the number of pills to take depending on the person's age and weight. ...Read more

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Around 8, I took 2 200mg ibeprofen pills for my headache, and around 10:30, I took 1Tbsp of tylenol (acetaminophen) for my sore throat, is anything bad gonna happen?

Around 8, I took 2 200mg ibeprofen pills for my headache, and around 10:30, I took 1Tbsp of tylenol (acetaminophen) for my sore throat, is anything bad gonna happen?

Not likely: It all depends on your overall health. If you are in good health, with no kidney or liver problems, or on any meds that can be affected by either, then taking ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) in the doses recommended on the bottle is fine. They are different classes of pain relievers. You can take the recommended dose of both at the same time (but do wait 1-3 hours) between, to maximize effect. ...Read more

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I take 25mg of Vistaril as needed for anxiety. Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) as well if I got a sore throat?

I take 25mg of Vistaril as needed for anxiety. Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) as well if I got a sore throat?

Yes: I'm not aware of any significant drug-drug interactions between Vistaril (hydroxyzine) and Tylenol (acetaminophen).
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug. Vistaril is categorized as an antihistamine (though one w/ anti-anxiety properties).
The NSAID/antihistamine combination is used in many over the counter cold/flu remedies. ...Read more

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Is nyquil nighttime helpful to take if I am stuffed up and a sore throat to be able to sleep or is something else better? Tylenol (acetaminophen) c/f didn't help much

Is nyquil nighttime helpful to take if I am stuffed up and a sore throat to be able to sleep or is something else better? Tylenol (acetaminophen) c/f didn't help much

Ask your pharmacist: There are many different cold and flu concoctions available, and they target different symptoms. Ask you pharmacist to help you decide which OTC preparation can best help your symptoms. Pharmacists are very well educated and knowledgeable health care professionals, who can be a fount of assistance. If your symptoms persists more than a week or so, seek your doctors help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sore throat, low grade fever, . And tylenol (acetaminophen) is not working, anything else I can do at home. Have had 2 days throat feeling worse.

Sore throat, low grade fever, . And tylenol (acetaminophen) is not working, anything else I can do at home. Have had 2 days throat feeling worse.

Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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My spouse is having sore throat and mild fever. He just took two tablets of tylenol (acetaminophen) extra strength at one time. But fever rose up to 39.9c instead.?

Febrile illness: A fever of 39.9 c is quite high, but can happen with certain viral illnesses or other infections. Influenza is a common cause of high fever and sore throat at this time of year and fever can "break through" tylenol/acetaminophen. If fever persists or other symptoms develop, see your doctor! Fever 2 hours after tylenol can often be controlled with 400 mg (2 otc tablets) of ibuprofen. ...Read more

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6yr/o was fine all day and then 102 fever came on quickly with headache and sore throat. Gave tylenol (acetaminophen) hour ago and no change in temp any suggestions?

Fever: Alternate motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) every 3 hours. She will need to have a strep test tomorrow or started on antibiotics depending on what her throat looks like. ...Read more

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My daughter 18mo. Woke up with sore throat/cough I gave her oranges, tylenol (acetaminophen) and silenex. Is there anything else I can do or give to prevent get worse?

My daughter 18mo. Woke up with sore throat/cough I gave her oranges, tylenol (acetaminophen) and silenex. Is there anything else I can do or give to prevent get worse?

Sore Throat: Make sure she is getting enough fluids so as not to dehydrate. You can monitor her hydration status by observing her wet diapers. If the symptoms worsen or persist for another day, or you are concerned about hydration, consult with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Day 8 of a virus, started with nausea, then sore throat, now full on cold/cough, been taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) 2x a day, ok to continue until I feel better?

Day 8 of a virus, started with nausea, then sore throat, now full on cold/cough, been taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) 2x a day, ok to continue until I feel better?

OK: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is for fever and pain. It is also to be taken every 4 hours, not only 2 times a day. The most common reason that it doesn't work is that people are taking too low a dose-case in point. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil is an every 8 hour medicine. That can be taken on a 7AM, 3PM, 11PM basis. It is for pain, fever, and inflammation. That will probably help you. ...Read more

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8m w/ upper respiratory cold per reg dr. Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally needed for fever. Sore throat and cough. Any remedies? Refusing bottle. Still semi-playf

8m w/ upper respiratory cold per reg dr. Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally needed for fever. Sore throat and cough. Any remedies? Refusing bottle. Still semi-playf

Work on fluids: At 8m your kid can benefit from the fluid value of applesauce (95% water) or pureed veggies (60%) as well as a sippy cup.Hydration is your best insurance for maintaining babies system as s/he improves. If not taking well enough to wet every 6 hrs a recheck is advised. ...Read more

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I have very sore throat on rt side < 3 days hard to swallow ER dr sd to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and a decongestant. Their not helping what's wrong how do I treat?

Were you checked: For strep or mono? If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a streph throat test & culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & lemon. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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