Advil, Tylenol, or Aleve?
When most people experience pain, they reach into the medicine cabinet for a bottle of over-the-counter pain killer. But, not all pain medications are created equal.
“Choosing the right OTC pain killer will depend on what type of pain you are experiencing,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance provider.
As a matter of fact, some pain relievers are best for reducing pain and fevers, while others contain an anti-inflammatory, best for treating sore muscles and reducing swelling. The Business Insider also suggests considering your medical history along with what you have recently had to eat or drink.
They break down, what OTC pain medications are most effective in treating your specific pain.
Tylenol– most effective for headaches
Aleve– helpful for a hangover and arthritis
Advil– best for a fever, menstrual cramps, a hangover, sore muscles, sinusitis, ear and toothaches
“Over the counter medications have side effects and should not be used as a permanent solution to pain,” reminds Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent health insurance provider.
Even though these pain medications are available without a prescription, they can still cause harmful side effects. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) can worsen liver problems. While, Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen sodium) and Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid) can exacerbate stomach, GI or kidney issues. All these pain relievers except for aspirin, can increase your risk for heart problems according to professionals at the Mayo Clinic.
To avoid harmful side effects, try exploring natural options for pain relief. If you are experiencing pain due to arthritis, exercise, weight loss, heat and cold therapy as well as physical therapy could be useful.
Pain is the body’s signal that something is wrong. It can be temporary and minor or it could be an indication of a more serious health issue. Do not hesitate seeing a medical professional for an evaluation to diagnose the source of your pain. Bear in mind, the internet is full of useful information but it cannot take the place of a doctor’s exam.