Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen: Which medicine do you use more often?

  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
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Acetaminophen - 45Ibuprofen - 127
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Migraine
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
The extra strength tylenol is awesome.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It seems to work better for the type of pain I have
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
My mom buys Tylenol
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I feel it is safer than ibuprofen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
do people really read this, i mean this is a random comment from a random person on the internet that could be talking about the most random thing, are there not better things to be doing with your 100 years?
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Tylenol is what my mother always had in her house. She said it didn't irritate her stomach. I rarely rake anything.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Doctor recommended.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It seems to work better for short term ever reducing/pain relief, for me.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
What my family used as I was a child and grew up with.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I was not aware of Ibuprofin as a means of reducing arthritic pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Ibuprofen makes me very light-headed.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Ibuprofen upsets my stomach too much!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Low side effects
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Easier on my liver and kidneys. Doctor recommended.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because it has less side effects.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Out of habit, I always buy Tylenol.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I thought it was afer than ibuprofen
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
mom used it
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I use Acetaminophen for Headaches where as I use ibuprofen for inflammation like back pain or my fractured foot to get swelling down. I prefer Acetaminophen for headaches though...I feel it works better for that.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I am an engineer, not a journalist.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
used to reaching for tylenol
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
milder in side effects to the cardiovascular system and hematological.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
In our family there are many with weak stomachs and the acetaminophen seems to sit better when taked for those who need the calmer effects on the stomach
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I'm allergic to ibuprofen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
ertr
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
My hematologist recommended it for me since I had a stroke 7 years ago due to vertebral dissection, and polycythemia vera.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It works better for my migraines
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Can not take aspirin
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
No aspirin.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Less damage to Kidneys than Ibuprofen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
ihave never used ibuprofen. and i only take a half pill at a time.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
tylenol baby!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I don't have to take so much or as often as Ibuprofen
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
less chance of heart related adverse events
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Aspirin makes me agitated
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because my stomach will don't allow the s use of Ibuprofen
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Doctor recommended ibuprofen for my 93 y/o mother who is suffering arm and shoulder pain but the pharmacist said that ibuprofen should not be used in elderly patients above eighty years old. So I went with the pharmacist's recommendation to use acetaminophen. I personally think naproxen works/worked better than acetaminophen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I have stomach issues with Aspirin and in an older age group.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I'm allergic to ibuprofen
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
doctor said to
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
didn't about ibuprophen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Works best with my arthritis
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
less side effects,ibuprofen makes my ears ring more than they already do.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
choice by pharmacy
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
will not destroy my liver
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Helps to relieve chronic back pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I found it works better for me, plus now it seems safer
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Ibuprofen works!!! Acetaminophen doesn't even dull the pain, let along relieve it.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
For it's anti-inflammatory properties and works well for occasional headaches and back pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
and i could have answered either way, i dont trust anything anyone has answered here! random people of this random world
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It works.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
works better
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
more powerful pain relief, not as hard on liver
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
because you can't drink with tylenol for extended usage!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Better relief .
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
becuasw
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
pms headaches are controlled with ibuprofen yet acetaminophen does not work.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
works
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
less liver damage
my doctor said it's safer
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
More effective pain relieve
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
less liver damage
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It works and I never use the other one.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I like it. It relieves pain as well along with fever.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
seems to work better for pain and joint relief
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Longer time frame between doses for fever.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
acetaminophen is not as good for muscle pain
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
*Shrug* Always have.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Acetaminophen seems to upset my stomach.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I just feel that Ibuprofen works better all in all.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Inflammatory relief
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Habit. Once I buy something I tend to stay with it. I've had no problems or reactions to any of the prescription drugs I take.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I don't want to kill my liver. Also, it doesn't seem to work as well on inflamation.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
works better for me than tylenol
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It actually works to relieve pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Most of my injuries are due to sports and the anti-inflamatory component works for my recover.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
anti-inflammatory properties
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
it works better
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
No particular reason, but appreciate the anti-inflammatory properties and I have no issues with it upsetting my stomach.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Easier on the liver, since I take several other medications that are potentially hard on it.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
rotator cuff pain and inflamation
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
The fact that it, in addition to fever reducing and pain relieving, also reduces inflammation makes it supeior for me. Most of my pain is caused by an inflammation of some sort. And it's better to fix the problem than mask the side effects.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
My wife is a nurse and she guided me in making the choice.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
seems to work better and also because it has the anti inflammatory properties.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
My mother uses ibuprofen over acetaminophen. So I do too.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It suit to my body. When ever I have mussel pain or head ache or fever it is most effective than acetaminophen ....I love Ibuprofen. I tried both but this is v.good for me.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
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  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I have used both--almost interchangeably--but preferred acetaminophen because i thought it might be more effective for achey joints and back pain, and less harmful to my stomach. but i ran out of it several months ago and have been using Aleve for aches in shoulder, elbow, hand, and upper and lower back and sometimes hips... Aleve did ease the pain during the night and helped me sleep better. i purchased generic Kirkland brand of ibuprofen tonight, but i had wanted acetaminophen and just picked up the "wrong" product. rather than return it if i didn't have to, i googled both products, and i am reassured now that if i take it frequently for aches and pains, i may be better off with the ibuprofen. thank you for this article.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It has always seemed to work for myself better than any tylenol product
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Have neck pain due to injury years ago and this seems like the better choice as a muscle relaxant over the long term. Since I don't use any alchohol, this should be safer for long term relief.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I believe (though don't immediately recall) that acetaminopen was warned against when using some medication I was taking at the time. It was then I chose Ibuprofen for pain rather than risk a cross-pharmaceutical problem.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It relieves my pain better than acetaminophen does.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because it works, and I worry about liver damage that Acetaminophen can cause.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I am addicted to caffine and was told that its unsafe to drink caffine with acetaminophen but was safer with ibuprofen.


  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because is safer for my stomach. I also take other drugs that effects my liver.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
it works
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
works
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
hhj
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I should clarify -- as a result of an auto crash, I have chronic pain, and take oxycodone with acetaminophen (generic Percocet.) Partly because of this, to reduce consumption of acetaminophen, I use Ibuprofen for headache and arthritis pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It's anti-inflammatory. Acetaminophen is not.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I need use it more often for it's anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Its the one my doctor always prescribed for my back pains
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
doctor said safer on liver for extended time than acetaminophen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
best for inflammation
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
seems to work better, especially for joint pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I use it to relieve the pain caused by inflamation.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Muscle and arthritis pain are better controlled with the Ibuprofen in my system.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I often need the anti inflammatory properties of ibuprofen, though I use acetaminophen for high fevers and when I may be or am pregnant.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Doctor's advice
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Just currious!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
my doctor said to used ir.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
From what I've read, the seminal difference between acetaminophen and ibuprofen is that the former substance carries a substantial risk of negative side effects, both from the toxicity of the drug itself, and from long-term usage. I do not want to ingest a susbtance that has the potential to be toxic to my liver, even if taken in relatively minute doses. Aspirin and ibuprofen are the only painkillers that I keep in my household, and I've found them to be sufficient for all of my painkilling needs.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Better at reducing pain from headaches. Reduces tension in the body, helps me to relax
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
My body takes this drug a lot better and isnt as harmful as acetaminophen
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I have total hip replacement in January 2013, today August 20 2013, I still feel a little pain around my Hip and Femur. T took IBUPROFIN 200 mg every 12 hours one tablet! And it is working! But some doctor recommend me take Tylenol 500 mg, I try one tablet every 12 hours, but after 8 hours later I feel pain! Now I confuse!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
anti-inflamatory uses
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
once it was recommended by my doctor so that I kept using this
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
ARTHRITIS
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
because of the anti-inflammatory properties of ibuprofen besides I have to use it for long periods.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
tylinol does noyhing for me
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It provides better pain relief for me than acetaminophen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Relief of arthritis
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It gives me betterresults and must take it long term
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
it is better at managing pain then Acetaminophen for me.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because it flat out works better than acetaminophen BUT my stomach and intestines are paying a noticeable price!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Easier on the stomach
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Need the anti-inflammatory effect, ibuprofen provides better pain relief, both lessening the pain and length of relief.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
because i have never tried acetaminophen
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
seems safer, and does the trick got my muscle pain
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
better pain relief
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago

No damage mi liver
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Osteoarthritis relief
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Currently I have Mononucleosis (Mono) otherwise known as the kissing disease. After visiting the doctor, he told me that since virus's in our body are not like bacteria and don't have any specific medicines for killing them, alternating 400mg ibuprofen (2 advil tablets) and 1000mg acetaminophen (2 tylenol extra strength tablets) every 6 hours for fever reduction was the way to go. For the first week of having mono I found ibuprofen helped my fever more and the swelling in my tonsils and since I took them around meals it had no issues on my stomach. Since now I am in week 3 of mono with almost fully closed tonsils (extremely swollen tonsils) the doctor perscribed me prednisone for the anti-inflammatory properties in it. I am only allowed to take acetaminophen with it and it works very well.

In the end, mixing takes research and doctor consultation when dealing with drugs. In my case with just a fever and no prescription, at meals I prefer ibuprofen especially for pain and fever. It just works better for me.

Any other circumstance I would prefer tylenol, because it is easier on the body in short term usage. And if I didn't eat, I would always choose acetaminophen.

A fever is the bodies natural way of killing whatever you have so besides taking a fever reduced or pain killer to help you fall asleep, let the body heal itself and drink lots of fluids. With water in your system, a fever will decrease and no drugs are put into your body.

Hope this helps.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It is the most reliable product for my headache pain. We have not determined the cause of my headaches, but 1000 mg of Ibuprofen usually kicks it within an hour.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Long term use.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Risk of liver damage
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I prefer ibuprofen because of concerns from my doctors about liver and kidney disease with acetaminophen. I also find ibuprofen to be much more effective than ibuprofen for my extensive arthritis pain.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
anti-inflamtory
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
For pain relief, nothing works better!
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
it is more effective
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because that's what people most often tell me to take
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
it work for aches & pains
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
reduces inflammation quickly
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Afraid of liver damage
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Greater relief
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I have arthritis and it seems to work well in this case.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
works
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
drs orders
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Because it works best with my joint pain .
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It works better.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
My doctor has suggested Motrin for my treatment regimen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I've heard about the liver damage you could get with acetaminophen.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I am concerned about liver damage.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
anti inflammatory, better for arthritis
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
arthritis and pain knee pain and shoulder pain but no one said it could cause heart attack or stroke when said to take it
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Menstrual cramping
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
After using a cold tablet with Tylenol I had a routine blood test. Liver showed high levels of ???. Later father and two brothers died from undiagnosed hemochromatosis. Dr told me not to use tylenol type med.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Tylenol/Acetaminophen is not as effective against pain as Ibuprofen/Advil is. It's also not an anti-inflammatory. So for me, Ibuprofen is the better choice for what I use it for.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I have had in the past Hep C. Now cured of Hep C. I now have Cirrhosis. I do have arthritis. Ibuprofen anti inflammatory effects relieves the pain absolutely. Acetaminophen makes my stomach irritated. My problem is my doctor says take Tylonal. My other doctor says take Ibuprofen???
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I choose Ibuprofen because I've read that it is a little safer when it comes to liver function.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Works better than Tylenol for arthritis.
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
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  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I consume alcohol on a regular basis
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
much safer for short term use
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Doctor recommended
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
anti inflamatory
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
it works better
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
It's what's in the house
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
anti-inflammatory
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
Efficacy
  • Anonymous . 3+ yrs. ago
I thought it was actually equivalent to Tylenol, now that i have read this helpful info I am glad I am taking Ibuprofen...

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