07-11-2019 Drugs

Is it bad to take Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) with Tylenol (Acetaminophen)?

Is it bad to take Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) with Tylenol (Acetaminophen)?

The short answer is no. Most doctors agree that it is generally safe to take ibuprofen acetaminophen at the same time.

But here’s the interesting part: research shows that taking both medications at the same time often works to relieve pain better than taking them separately. This has been proven by several significant research studies - ibuprofen (medications such as Motrin, Advil,) and acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) work well together to relieve pain. What’s more, research shows that when tested during intense paid (such as dental pain), combining these medications showed more pain relief than some opioid pain medications (such as Norco and Vicodin).

Here’s why most physicians agree that it is generally safe to take acetaminophen and ibuprofen together:

Doctors note that Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen function differently, and what’s more, different organs in your body clear these substances from your system. Although it is well known that Ibuprofen might stress your stomach and kidneys, and Acetaminophen might stress your liver, and most physicians feel that as long as you take these medications in safe amounts, there is little to be worried about. Of course, taking too much acetaminophen with alcohol is never recommended by physicians, because that can lead to liver damage due to stress on your liver.

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Physicians often remind their patients to remember to take the minimal amount of ibuprofen or acetaminophen needed to relieve one’s pain.

And of course, please consult ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about taking any medications.