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What to take? Tylenol vs Aspirin

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A common misnomer is that tylenol and aspirin have the same effects. Tylenol and aspirin do have similar effects, but they do have different properties. The main difference in tylenol compared to aspirin is that Tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory drug. Tylenol does relieve pain by working in the central nervous system to turn off the perception of the pain but does not remove inflammation. Aspirin should not be taken if pregnant or if you have a bleeding disorder. Yes ladies it is safe to take tylenol when you are pregnant to reduce pain and fever. Tylenol and aspirin both help reduce fevers but have different side effects. Aspirin can cause stomach ulcers, indigestion, and heartburn and tylenol can cause severe damage to your liver if taken above the recommended daily dose of 4000 mg a day. So Tylenol is a great option to reduce pain or fever especially if you are pregnant but make sure if you are trying to get rid of inflammation you stick with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) like aspirin.

Here is a list of NSAID’s:

  • Aspirin (Aspirin is a brand name; the chemical is called acetylsalicylic acid)
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Dexdetoprofen (Keral)
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR)
  • Diflunisal (Dolobid)
  • Etodolac (Lodine, Lodine XL)
  • Etoricoxib (Algix)
  • Fenoprofen (Fenopron, Nalfron)
  • Firocoxib (Equioxx, Previcox)
  • Flurbiprofen (Urbifen, Ansaid, Flurwood, Froben)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Brufen, Motrin, Nurofen, Medipren, Nuprin)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR, Indocin IV)
  • Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail, Ketoflam)
  • Ketorolac (Toradol, Sprix, Toradol IV/IM, Toradol IM)
  • Licofelone (under development)
  • Lornoxicam (Xefo)
  • Loxoprofen (Loxonin, Loxomac, Oxeno)
  • Lumiracoxib (Prexige)
  • Meclofenamic acid (Meclomen)
  • Mefenamic acid (Ponstel)
  • Meloxicam (Movalis, Melox, Recoxa, Mobic)
  • Nabumetone (Relafen)
  • Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Midol Extended Relief, Naprosyn, Naprelan)
  • Nimesulide (Sulide, Nimalox, Mesulid)
  • Oxaporozin (Daypro, Dayrun, Duraprox)
  • Parecoxib (Dynastat)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Rofecoxib (Vioxx, Ceoxx, Ceeoxx)
  • Salsalate (Mono-Gesic, Salflex, Disalcid, Salsitab)
  • Sulindac (Clinoril)
  • Tenoxicam (Mobiflex)
  • Tolfenamic acid (Clotam Rapid, Tufnil)
  • Valdecoxib (Bextra)
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