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April 15, 2014

Choosing pain medication

Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin? All pain relievers can be useful depending on the type of pain involved and its location. Read the table below to gain a better understanding of their differences.

For more information on pain medication, remember that your pharmacist is your best source of information!

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Effect : fever reducer, pain reliever.

Possible adverse effects : very rare. Generally well tolerated.

Contraindications : Severe liver or kidney diseases.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

Effect : fever reducer, anti-inflammatory (ask what dosage is right for your problem), pain reliever. Effective for menstrual pain.

Possible adverse effects : risk of stomach irritation.

Contraindications : asthma; stomach problems.

Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin)

Effect : fever reducer, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever. Should preferably be taken under a doctor’s advice (as a blood thinner).

Possible adverse effects : irritating for the stomach.

Contraindications : children 18 years of age and under (linked to Reye’s syndrome), hypertension, stomach problems.  

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