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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) more affective for children w certain kinds of virus/bacteria/stomach bugs and Advil more affective w others? Pediatrics 
29 doctors weighed in

Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
11 doctors agree
In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen) vs Advil
These two otc medications are equally effective for the treatment of fever.
Advil is slightly superior for the treatment of pain because it is an anti-inflammatory medication as well as an analgesic, whereas tylenol (acetaminophen) is only a mild analgesic. It does not matter at all what type of germ is causing the symptoms.

In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen) vs Advil
These two otc medications are equally effective for the treatment of fever.
Advil is slightly superior for the treatment of pain because it is an anti-inflammatory medication as well as an analgesic, whereas tylenol (acetaminophen) is only a mild analgesic. It does not matter at all what type of germ is causing the symptoms.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Joel Steckelman
I also agree
6 doctors agree
In brief: Agree
Ibuprofen may be a little more acceptable for musculoskeletal pain.

In brief: Agree
Ibuprofen may be a little more acceptable for musculoskeletal pain.
Dr. Timothy Thurston
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Both can reduce fever and pain but Ibuprofen can also reduce inflammation.
Some people react well with tylenol (acetaminophen) whereas other have better results with advil. I, personally have had better pain and fever relief with Ibuprofen (advil) but everyone is different.

In brief: Depends
Both can reduce fever and pain but Ibuprofen can also reduce inflammation.
Some people react well with tylenol (acetaminophen) whereas other have better results with advil. I, personally have had better pain and fever relief with Ibuprofen (advil) but everyone is different.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Dr. Randy Butler
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Individuals respond differently to different medications.
One person may respond better to tylenol (acetaminophen) while another one does better with advil. The type of illness does not determine which one is more affective. That is an individual response.

In brief: No
Individuals respond differently to different medications.
One person may respond better to tylenol (acetaminophen) while another one does better with advil. The type of illness does not determine which one is more affective. That is an individual response.
Dr. Randy Butler
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Dr. Mehul SHETH
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
There is no strong evidence that tylenol (acetaminophen) of advil are better for the pain/fever associated with infections (remember, advil/tylenol (acetaminophen) do not treat the underlying infection).
However, in my practice, i found that some parents swore that tylenol (acetaminophen) worked better and others swore that advil worked better. See what your experience is with your kids and maybe you will find that one works better for you.

In brief: No
There is no strong evidence that tylenol (acetaminophen) of advil are better for the pain/fever associated with infections (remember, advil/tylenol (acetaminophen) do not treat the underlying infection).
However, in my practice, i found that some parents swore that tylenol (acetaminophen) worked better and others swore that advil worked better. See what your experience is with your kids and maybe you will find that one works better for you.
Dr. Mehul SHETH
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Both are good
Both are safe and good for fever and pain relief.
They are not specific to any infection.

In brief: Both are good
Both are safe and good for fever and pain relief.
They are not specific to any infection.
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not Really
There is no evidence that the infection generally requires these 2 drugs to be used specifically.
In some cases one works better than the other, but the reason why is not clear.

In brief: Not Really
There is no evidence that the infection generally requires these 2 drugs to be used specifically.
In some cases one works better than the other, but the reason why is not clear.
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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not really
I like Ibuprofen (advil) more i feel it gives longer coverage for fever or pain, i feel it has a better safety profile, it has better anti inflammatory action, however it is more stomach upsetting so with stomach pain or stomach bug tylenol (acetaminophen) is better.

In brief: Not really
I like Ibuprofen (advil) more i feel it gives longer coverage for fever or pain, i feel it has a better safety profile, it has better anti inflammatory action, however it is more stomach upsetting so with stomach pain or stomach bug tylenol (acetaminophen) is better.
Dr. Jerry Casale
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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen) vs. Advil
Both are great at reducing fever, but tylenol (acetaminophen) is mainly for fevers whereas advil/motrin (ibuprofen) can be used for anti-inflammation.
However, Ibuprofen should not be used in certain conditions like bleeding disorders and renal disorders.

In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen) vs. Advil
Both are great at reducing fever, but tylenol (acetaminophen) is mainly for fevers whereas advil/motrin (ibuprofen) can be used for anti-inflammation.
However, Ibuprofen should not be used in certain conditions like bleeding disorders and renal disorders.
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
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Dr. Cindy Daugherty
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Equal for fever
Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen)) and Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) perform equally well to bring down fevers.
However, Ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory and tylenol (acetaminophen) is not. Some illnesses have more inflammation, and inflammation can cause discomfort. For those illnesses (ear infections, strep throat) kids might feel better if given Ibuprofen instead of tylenol (acetaminophen). Ibuprofen should not be given to babies <6 months.

In brief: Equal for fever
Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen)) and Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) perform equally well to bring down fevers.
However, Ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory and tylenol (acetaminophen) is not. Some illnesses have more inflammation, and inflammation can cause discomfort. For those illnesses (ear infections, strep throat) kids might feel better if given Ibuprofen instead of tylenol (acetaminophen). Ibuprofen should not be given to babies <6 months.
Dr. Cindy Daugherty
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
In brief: Both Are Effective
Both are effective and can be used for fever due to any infection due to any cause Tylenol is easy on stomach and advil (ibuprofen) can cause stomach upset in some

In brief: Both Are Effective
Both are effective and can be used for fever due to any infection due to any cause Tylenol is easy on stomach and advil (ibuprofen) can cause stomach upset in some
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics
In brief: Fever
They are both effective.
Some children respond better to one or the other. These medications do not treat the primary infection -- only the associated fever or discomfort.

In brief: Fever
They are both effective.
Some children respond better to one or the other. These medications do not treat the primary infection -- only the associated fever or discomfort.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
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