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Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin? Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

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Unread 02-24-2008, 10:45 AM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

Hi everyone,

Can anyone tell me what the differences are between Tylenol, Advil and Ibuprofin? My doctor told me I could use all 3 (not all at ONCE of course, but I could choose which one). I've been taking Ibupofin, but I'm wondering.... does Tylenol and Advil work the same as Ibuprofin, or do they all do different things?

And, isn't Ibuprofin and Advil the same??? But, Ibuprofin is more the generic of Advil, or am I way off base??

Also, is it good to switch between all 3 just so your body doesn't get used to one? Or does it not matter?

Any thoughts??

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Unread 02-24-2008, 10:51 AM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

I have no medical training, but here is my understanding:

Ibuprofin is the active ingredient in Advil and Motrin. Generic ibuprofin are going to be pretty much the same as one of the brand names. Both of these are anti-inflamatory drugs, which may help with swelling.

Tylenol is an analgesic pain reliever but I don't believe it has any anti-inflamatory properties. It can also reduce fever.

I have always been a tyelnol girl, for headaches, muscle aches, etc. For me, it is much easier on the stomach. Advil seems to make me naseous and I have to be very careful when I take it. I pretty much have to be very full and drink a glass of milk before I take it, or I will get sick.

I have been taking Advil since about week 2 post op. I do not have pain, but I really think it has helped my swelly belly go down - that an ice packs.

You can check on the internet or with a pharmacist to be extra sure. I don't have any sort of medical training, but I'm pretty sure what I posted is accurate.
Good Luck!
Unread 02-24-2008, 10:58 AM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

Hey LTR - Jill is right on with the explanation. Tylenol never works for me, but ibuprofen is a godsend. I always took it for cramps, and took it after I went off percoset post-surgery. It seemed to work for the pain and swelling and does not make me nauseous or anything bad.

I would just give them both a try and if they both work, then alternate. That would reduce any change of adverse effects that they may have.

Hope you can find your happy-drug :-)
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Unread 02-24-2008, 11:30 AM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

Jill is right on. Tylenol doesn't have the anti-inflammatory properties that ibupfrofen has so I don't think it would be as effective with our post-op pain. Advil has been causing my tummy to be upset - only since my hyster though. I was taking Aleve - lasts longer and less stomach upset. After some post op complications, the Dr. put me on Celebrex and it has been a godsend.
Unread 02-24-2008, 12:27 PM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

Another thing to keep in mind, is that Ibuprofin, or Advil has blood thinning properties to it. So if you get ulcers or any other type of stomach or intestinal problems, I would stick with Tylenol. There is a risk of internal bleeding with Ibuprofin.

Also, they are two totally different medications, so taking them together will not cause you to overdose. I work in the ER, and we tell parents all the time to give both at the same time at the start of a fever. The thing you have to remember though, is that Tylenol is every 4 hours, and Ibuprofin is every 6, but you can "start" them both together, but the rest of the doses will be separate.
Unread 02-24-2008, 12:38 PM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

Thanks everyone for your great informative responses!

Tara, thanks for the explanation of being able to take both Ibuprofin and Tylenol at the same time (and I understand about the different time frames to take them). I'm FINALLY off my Percocit... I'm very happy about that. Ibuprofin has always seemed to work totally fine with me. I've never had any issues taking it in my whole life, and I've been taking it through my whole recovery so far (I'm only 20 days into recovery). But, now I'm off the Percocit, I've been trying to figure out if I DO have a little more pain, but not enough to take a Percocit, should i take a Tylenol or an Ibuprofin.

But, maybe i can take both in that case (just when I feel I have a little more pain than normal). I do like taking the ibuprofin because of the anti-inflammatory, and that is why I've chosen to take it all this time (my doctor also prescribed a prescription strenth Ibuprofin, but i ran out of it, and now I'm just using the strength I buy at the store, which seems to be working fine).

This has bene a very helpful thread!! Thank you everyone.
Unread 02-24-2008, 01:19 PM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

What about the amount of meds. I get severe pain that I've been taking Advil for. I really can't take the percicet because it doesn't help the "bathroom" issues. I called the Dr. and they said I can take up the Advil to 3 pills (600mg) every six hours. I've had friends say I can take 4 pills (800mg) safely every six hours. I'm not a fan of meds but I really can't stand the pain sometimes. What is safe and what's not?
Unread 02-24-2008, 01:32 PM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

Good to hear why the Tylenol isn't working for me. I'll go back to ibuprofen. The 600mg and 800mg of ibuprofen puts it at prescription strength. I only know because I had the prescription strength ibuprofen, at 600mg. Take it with food and/or milk; that helps to ease any associated tummy upset. I believe I will be taking the otc ibuprofen at that strength when I head back to work tomorrow. I went out for groceries today without DH and I am now sitting with an ice pack on my abdomen. The incision itself isn't sore, but BOY am I feeling all my innards right now!!!
Unread 02-24-2008, 01:36 PM
Tylenol, Advil & Ibuprofin?

I was prescribed 600 MG ibuprofin after my surgery. After I ran out of that, I continued to take 600 MG of the over-the-counter Ibuprofin (3 pills). It has seemed to work well for me. Although, now that I'm off the Percocit, I'm going to be throwing in Tylenol on occasion when I have a little more pain. But, i do think the Ibuprofin is helping with all the inflamamation....

I agree to take it with some sort of food... I always do.

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