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Although both Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are pain relievers that help to reduce pain and inflammation, it is important to know they work in very different ways.

Specifically, Ibuprofen, such as Advil, Aleve and Motrin are better at relieving and reducing fever, pain and can be quite effective in fighting many common inflammation. Common uses are for headaches, earaches, joint and muscle pains and cramps, toothaches, teething, and even sunburns.

Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol on the other hand, is usually best at only relieving pain and fever rather than inflammation. The analgesic (pain-relieving) Acetaminophen, is also referred to as APAP, since it is from the active ingredient acetyl-para-aminophenol, so do keep this in mind.

That said, even though they work differently; on a short term basis, they can be used together to reduce pain. If the pain persists however, and especially since our bodies can react in different ways, to different medications, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor, and avoid combining or mixing drugs since there could be many potential health risks involved.

Furthermore, combining drugs is not a guarantee that more benefits will be derived. Additionally, drugs such as ibuprofen taken for extended periods have the potential to create kidney, liver and major gastrointestinal complications.

In addition, the daily dose for both medication for adults, should not exceed 4,000 milligrams and should be half that amount(2,000 mg) for older adults(60+ years).

As with most medications, you should also avoid consuming alcohol.

Similar to combining medications, consuming alcohol with medications in general can exacerbate your condition, and can create other conditions including but not limited to headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, and nausea.

As such, a physician should be seen to determine what is best for you, and if necessary, can also prescribe stronger and more effective medications for more intense, ongoing pain management. Pay attention to your symptoms, and any unusual health pattern. Also, it would be advantageous to have a list of the medication you are taking on hand.

Finally, always remember to check with your pharmacist especially when children are involved, to ensure you will be administering the correct and safe dosage to them. Always read the directions, packaging and strength of prescription and over the counter medications carefully, so as to not exceed the maximum recommended dose.

To be safe? Always play it safe. Your health is not worth the gamble and the guessing games. Therefore, when in doubt-check with a medical professional such as your doctor, pharmacist or registered nurse.

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