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The Difference Between Tylenol and Advil

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Tylenol (also known as Acetaminophen) and Advil (also known as ibuprofen) are high quality medicines that provide the basic relief from fever and pain. Both of these medicines are made of different chemical structures and have different side effects.

The indications for Advil are headaches, toothaches, menstrual pain, minor aches, arthritis pain, fever, muscles, joints and backaches. Adults and children who are older than 12 years should take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed and should not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Children age of 12 and younger should use children’s Advil.

Advil limits the production of fatty acid known as prostaglandins. It reduces body aches pains, inflammation or swelling and redness. Advil is slightly more powerful, stronger and long lasting than Tylenol.

If a toddler does not eat well and takes Advil, it can irritate the stomach. Therefore, Advil should be given with food to reduce any GI irritations and discomforts.

Like Advil, Tylenol also lowers fever and reduces aches and pains. However, Tylenol does not reduce inflammation. Tylenol works on nerve cells and not on cells that are inflamed.  It has milder effect on the digestive tract than Advil and causes no stomach irritations. Therefore, there is no need to take it with food. However, the large doses of Tylenol are very toxic to the liver.

For Tylenol, adults (12 years or older) should take 1-2 tablets every 4 hours as needed. It is hazardous to exceed 8 tablets per day and if you feel nervous or cannot sleep, reduce the dosage. Tylenol is safer for use during pregnancy, but use only if clearly needed.

advilChronic alcohol use can also increase the risk of stomach bleeding. If you get easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or other signs of infection you should contact your doctor. Upon Tylenol use, if you have any of the following symptoms of liver damage such as severe nausea, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, stomach pain, extreme fatigue OR serious allergic such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing seek immediate medical attention.

The most common side effects when using Advil are: constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain or upset.

Seek medical attention if any of these severe side effects occur when using Advil:

Severe allergic reactions such as rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. Other symptoms include bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting; stiff neck; sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of hands, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; vision or speech changes; and yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Advil should NOT be used if you have certain medical conditions such as severe kidney disease, allergies to aspirin or other NSAIDs such as naproxen, celecoxib. Before using Advil, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of these medical history such as , liver disease, poorly controlled diabetes, stomach problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, edema, dehydration, blood disorders (anemia), and asthma.

Caution is advised when using Advil in the elderly. Advil should be used only when clearly needed during the first 6 months of pregnancy. It is NOT recommended for use during the last 3 months of pregnancy, because of the potential for fetal harm and interference with normal delivery.

Both Tylenol and Advil passes into breast milk, however there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, but consult the doctor before breast-feeding. Try to limit alcohol intake when you take both of these medications to reduce the side effects.

There are many brands and forms of Tylenol and Advil available on the market. Read the dosing instructions before the use. Always, store all medications out of the reach of your children to prevent any hazards.

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24 Comments

  1. Advil, Tylenol to reduce fever and reduce aches and pain. But Tylenol does not reduce inflammation. Tylenol worked in neuronal cells and not in the fire. Milder effect on the digestive irritations cause stomach than Advil and no. . Therefore, it is essential to take it with food.

  2. And both have bonine antivert meclizine may cause drowsiness be careful in use.

  3. great information about the differences.

  4. very close one like both will be bad for livers.

  5. very similar including “Aleve”

  6. reminds me also to comapre this with “Aleve”

  7. I’m doing a science project at school and I’m doing advil v.s. tylenol and from my studies I have found out that advil works better than tylenol.

  8. ADVIL AND TYLENOL ARE THE SAME THING! they help with the same side effects… but dose any of them help with tummy aches?

  9. they r the same thing

  10. They are not the same thing at all!

    And you should learn the difference if you want effective pain relief.

    Tylenol (acetaminophen) is best used for headaches and relief of pain that you feel in your brain.

    Advil (ibuprofen) is best used to treat pain in your body or pain caused by your body. especially swelling.

    Ask yourself is this pain in my head or in my body and you probably have the best answer as to which medicine well help you the most.

    Next you should know that Tylenol is a brand of the medicine acetaminophen and Advil is a brand of the medicine ibuprofen. This is important to know because you can save yourself tons of money over your life time by buying the cheapest brand of these medicines. The brand doesnt matter much in effectiveness because the base medicine has to be exact (by strict law). reading the label you can find out how much of the medicine is in the product. The main difference between brands is shape of pill and coating flavors. The basic drug is the same.

    Hope this helps someone out there.

  11. Great article. I am a health professional. It is amazing to see how the author did the research well. As a healthcare worker, I really appreciate the content. Good work. I want to see more articles like this out there on the web. Excellent.

  12. i am 11 years old and i took 1 advil and there was nothing wrong with me i am scared that i did that and i dont know what to do so i should never ever do that again so kids who is my age should never ever do this that i did and if you do have a pain take 1 pill if you take 2 pills you will die from being overdose on drugs thank you for your time

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    tyshara
    aaron

    • You have no idea what you are talking about. Two pills will not cause harm to most people, and it would take much more than 2 pills of Advil to die of drug overdose. The main risk with taking 2 pills would be an allergic reaction. Most people prefer to take 2 pills because it provides improved pain relief. Even kids your age should be able to safely take two pills most of the time. It really depends on your weight not your age. Even if you took a pill when there was nothing hurting you, it doesn’t make the drug any more dangerous to take. Advil has benefits other than pain relief too, such as reducing fever, and reducing swelling and such. You have nothing to worry about.

  13. Hello my loved one! I wish to say that this article is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all significant infos. I would like to peer extra posts like this.

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