Ibuprofen and Tylenol are two of the most commonly used over-the-counter pain relievers. Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and Tylenol is an acetaminophen. Both are used to treat mild to moderate pain and fever. The main difference between the two is that ibuprofen is an NSAID, while Tylenol is not. Ibuprofen works by reducing inflammation and pain. Tylenol works by blocking the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause pain and fever. Additionally, ibuprofen has anti-inflammatory properties, while Tylenol does not.
Ibuprofen is more effective for treating conditions that involve inflammation, such as arthritis, while Tylenol is better for treating pain and fever that are not related to inflammation. Ibuprofen can also be used to reduce fever and relieve pain, but it is not as effective as Tylenol in these situations. It is important to note that ibuprofen can also cause stomach irritation and should not be taken on an empty stomach. Tylenol is generally considered to be less harsh on the stomach. Both ibuprofen and Tylenol can interact with other medications, and it is important to consult your doctor before taking either one.