Which Is More Effective: Ibuprofen Or Acetaminophen?

If you’re in pain, chances are you’re looking for relief as soon as possible. But with so many different pain medications on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you, says Dr Brian Blick. In this post, we’ll pit two of the most popular pain medications against each other: ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen: Benefits and Risks
Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are both popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can be used to relieve pain and reduce fever. However, there are some important differences between these two drugs.

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), while acetaminophen is not classified as an NSAID. This means that ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation in addition to relieving pain, whereas acetaminophen will only relieve pain.

Ibuprofen is available in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, gels, creams, and liquids. Acetaminophen is also available in different forms, including tablets, capsules, liquids, and suppositories. Both drugs are typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain relief.
Ibuprofen vs Acetaminophen: Side Effects and Risks
Both ibuprofen and acetaminophen are generally well-tolerated when taken as directed. However, there are some potential side effects and risks associated with these drugs. Side effects of ibuprofen may include heartburn, stomach upset, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, dizziness, gas, headache, drowsiness, or the feel of ringing inside the ears. Acetaminophen may cause upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, or vomiting.

Rarer but more serious side effects or risks associated with ibuprofen include ulcers or bleeding in the stomach or intestines, kidney damage, or increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Rarer but more serious side effects or risks associated with acetaminophen include liver damage or failure, kidney damage; low blood sugar; or methemoglobinemia (a type of blood disorder).
If you’re experiencing pain and wondering which medication to take—ibuprofen or acetaminophen— consider your options carefully before making a decision.

Ibuprofen may be more effective at reducing inflammation in addition to relieving pain; however, it also carries a greater risk of side effects like stomach upset and ulcers. Acetaminophen is less likely to cause stomach problems but may not be as effective at relieving pain caused by inflammation.
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