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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ACHES/PAIN MEDICATIONS FOR COLDS & THE FLU

Aches/Pain: You should look for an analgesic drug. Here are the ingredients that should be in the medication: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to achieve analgesia, relief from pain. Aspirin and acetaminophen work by blocking pain messages to the brain; thereby decreasing the sensation of an aching head. The most common side effects associated with analgesics is stomach irritation. Individuals who suffer with stomach ulcers should not take analgesics.

Acetaminophen (Brand name medication: Tylenol, Panadol, Ofirmev, Mapap, Feverall, Acephen, Mejoralito, Xl-dol, and Tempra))

Ibuprofen (Brand name medications: Motrin, Advil, and Midol)

Naproxen (Brand name medications: Aleve, Naprelan, Naprosyn, and Anaprox)

Aspirin (Brand name medications: Ecotrin and Fasprin)

4 comments:

  1. I never know when to use acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Isn't ibuprofen an anti-inflammatory? What is a good rule of thumb when determining which to take? I guess I usually do acetaminophen when I have a headache but ibuprofen when I have achy muscles or soreness. Also, is there also a rule of thumb about taking both at the same time? I don't...just wondering if that would be overload. Thanks for the information!!!

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  2. You are right. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory agent, as well as a pain reliever/fever reducer. It tends to work better for muscle aches. Tylenol is a very good general pain reliever/fever reducer. Both work very well; it is really a personal preference. If you are not getting enough relief from one, you can alternate them. You can take Tylenol, and then 2-3 hours later take an ibuprofen if needed. This can give you added relief. Just be careful, and make sure you are not taking more than the recommended daily dosages. In addition, be careful when taking Ibuprofen; you should take it with food, so you do not upset your stomach.

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to reply. :-)

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