Advil VS Tylenol

Morgan - posted on 10/29/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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Which do use for your baby and why,
do you think one works better for teething and such?
which do you use for yourself, do you use both but for diffrent things?
just wondering because my SIL said Tylenol causes liver damage, and thats what Ive been using with my daughter, I only give it if she really really needs it so I dont see a problem, but wanted to see what you all think :) For myself I use Tylenol if I have a headache but Advil for any other pain.

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Charlie - posted on 11/02/2010

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Nah its my maiden name ....get it.... *boomtiSH* LOL .

But we are planning for one next year , yaaay !

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Why do you ask, Lisa? Of course we see doctors. No one is asking for medical advice. We're having a debate. ACK!

Dana - posted on 10/29/2010

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I alternate between the two for fevers but, I generally stick with Ibuprofen.

Mary - posted on 10/29/2010

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Just to clarify:
Ibuprofen is the generic name. Advil and Motrin are brand names of this drug.

Acetominophen is the generic name, Tylenol is a brand name. (Paracetamol in the UK).

Overdoses of both can cause liver and/or kidney damage, as can prolonged daily use. Unless a child has underlying renal or hepatic issues, there is no need to fear using them for teething or fevers.

Personally, I have found ibuprofen to be much more effective, and longer lasting for both myself and my 2 y/o. When she had an ear infection, I did alternate the two, but I noticed that by the 3rd hour after the tylenol, her temp started to rise, and she became much more irritable. The ibuprofen usually bought me a solid 7 hours. I can't comment on teething, since she really never fussed much with that ever. A frozen teething ring or cold celery stick was about all she ever needed for that (for which I am eternally grateful!).

Katherine - posted on 10/29/2010

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@ Teresa, I would edit to add: unless otherwise instructed. Obviously your doctor had you take it and there were no repercussions. Generally it thins your blood and they do say not to take it before or after surgery.

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I have taken a leave of absence from teaching to help cope with her passing, and also see a therapist twice a week. I don't think that makes me technically a basket case, but I was at a loss on how to cope. Thank you very much for your kind thoughts.

September - posted on 11/03/2010

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I'm sorry to hear about your loss Lisa. I hope that you're able to heal quickly ♥

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My partner/wife passed away in March and I was/am having difficulty coping. I've responded several times to this thread, but evidently my thoughts were not overly appreciated. Hence, the apology If you have Yahoo Messenger, you can say hello to me there - lisanow2003.

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Ok then - if you have too much time on your hands, perhaps you could spend some time and type out a response? Something a lil' less random and more thought provoking!?

What's the leave of absence for?

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No Dana - I'm not hilarious. I am just on a leave of absence and have way too much time on my hands.

Stifler's - posted on 11/02/2010

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I found out about 6 weeks ago :) I was missing because I went away and got married and went on a honeymoon too :)

Charlie - posted on 11/02/2010

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You are preggers Emma ? did you just find out , i noticed you were missing for a while congrats !

September - posted on 11/02/2010

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Yeah Lisa... What the heck? Where did that come from? FYI: My Aunt and Uncle are both physician and I see them both all the time along with my primary care doctor and our son's pediatrician as well. Your feedback was...hmmm....?

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010

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what do you mean lisa? i'm confused as to how whether or not you like tylenol or ibuprofen best has anything to do with doctors?

Stifler's - posted on 11/02/2010

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And high fevers do cause brain damage. When your temperature gets to 42 degrees celsius you're convulsing or dead, that's how fragile the range of temperatures is.

Cat - posted on 11/02/2010

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I was told, when one of my daughters was smaller and had a high fever, that the best idea was to piggyback the two, that is, alternate them, b/c by alternating tylenol and Advil or Motrin, you are keeping the fever down but not running a risk of an overdose of either med... So, when the kids run fevers, I will give a dose of tylenol, then 4hrs later a dose of Advil or Motrin, then 6-8hrs after that a dose of Tylenol, and repeat... I usually dont have to do more than one or two doses of each, my kids get over fevers usually in about 1-2 days, and I rarely have to medicate to relieve a fever during the day, they're usually only bad at night...

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Mu daughter had to be hospitalized because her fever couldn't be lowered with meds..you can cause brain damage if you dont even attempt to lower a high temperature.My doctor told me thats the main thing to do is always lower the fever.She got so bad she didnt have a clue who i was and were she was and she was close to going into a seizure.Always lower a fever.

Sharon - posted on 11/02/2010

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We alternate.

Naproxen (Aleve)
Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
Acetaminphen (Tylenol)

All the drugs work as advertised - except Naproxen - which seems to be a hit or miss thing, for pain.

I take ibuprofen for pain & fever most of the time. But I try to switch it up with acetaminphen.

The kids mostly get tylenol for fevers. It seems to work faster. I don't really prefer to stop a fever. It has a job to do. But there are times when the kids need a rest from the pain.

Stifler's - posted on 11/02/2010

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I use both, I'm pregnant ATM so only Panadol but when I'm not I use Nurofen. I've never used Nurofen for Logan just panadol but I took him to the doctor today and he said it's fine to give it to him now.

Charlie - posted on 11/01/2010

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For us Emma its neurofen V panadol .


I use panadol for my kids neurofen for me .

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LOL. You should read the most recent issue of Reader's Digest. There is an article in there of all the many things we should be fearing, and why. It's actually a parody of news events. When we were growing from infants to adults, no one worried about aspirin forming bleeding ulcers. It was what we gave children for a fever. Both Advil and Tylenol work for the purposes intended; like any other medication, don't over use it. Teething is a short term problem and unless you pour a bottle of liquid Tylenol down your daughter's throat, no damage would be done.

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I am a bit odd as in i hate to take any meds, i only take them if i have to like if in hospital, other than that i put up with aches and pains.I hate the way meds make me feel even if the take the pain away i feel odd.Anyway i handle pain pretty well.

For my children i give nurofen for kids when needed and thankfully they don't get it very regularly.I had the morphine for only the day i had my daughter by c-section and then asked for it to be removed, i never needed anything after that.The morphine was awful i hated it.

If my children have a fever , teething etc, i use the nurofen and calpol, which has paracetamol in it.I only use the recommend dose and stop once there over the fever etc, i know people who use teething medicine each night to make there child sleep better which it isn't for.When there not even teething anymore.Abusing the medicine.

Leah - posted on 10/30/2010

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We started using Motrin for our kids when our oldest was a baby. She had a central iv line to administer TPN for 2 years and it would become infected QUITE often lol. Tylenol wouldn't cut through the fever and bring it down nearly as fast as Motrin did, so thats when we made the switch for her and for us as well. Because Motrin/Advil does so much more than Tylenol does like help with menstral cramps, tooth pain, back pain as well as headaches, that's why we choose to stock it in our medicine cabinet. :D

Jocelyn - posted on 10/30/2010

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I prefer Motrin over Advil, but I don't really have a preference for Tylenol vs Advil. They seem to work the same for us.

Catherine - posted on 10/30/2010

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@ Teresa

I was given Advil after my c-section too, which didn't make sense to me either. When I had a colonoscopy, though, I was told none for a week before or after because it would make the biopsy sites bleed, and that's been a standard rec. whenever I've known someone with surgery. Also, when my son hit his head really hard and went to the doc I was told no advil because if he had a brain bleed, it would make him bleed more and faster. It doesn't make sense to me either, but I'll definitely abide by doctor recommendations.

Becky - posted on 10/29/2010

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After 6 months, I generally use Ibuprofen. I find it works better for fever and pain. When my son had hand, foot, and mouth disease a couple months ago, the doctors told us to use Ibuprofen, not Tylenol, because Ibuprofen is an anti-inflamatory. They told us the same thing when my older son had croup. The care sheets they give us after vaccinations though always say to use Tylenol and not Ibuprofen. I'm not sure why that is. And thinking of that, I feel bad now, because my son had a fever last week due to his MMR, and I gave him Ibuprofen, not even thinking about it! I hope it doesn't have any serious effects!
I use Ibuprofen for myself, except when I'm pregnant. I have to be in pretty bad pain to take anything though.
I think either way, as long as you don't give them Aspirin!

Serena - posted on 10/29/2010

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I try to only give my kids tylenol or motrin when they have a high fever or after immunizations. So far (knock wood) the two boys have taken teething like champs. All is left is my daughter...here's hoping.
But we were told to switch off because my son's fever kept coming back before he could take another dose of tylenol. So every 4 hours we take tylenol then 3-4 hours later motrin, as long as there is a span of 6 hours between motrin. It makes it a lot easier to keep that fever down.

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Your last part is confusing me a bit Catherine since Advil is ibuprofen and that's what they give you (at least me) after a c-section.... which is surgery. ??? Hmm....

Catherine - posted on 10/29/2010

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I've used both for my son, and the Advil lasts longer, but I find them equally effective.

I had spoken with a nurse about this and got some info. Advil works on the kidneys, while Tylenol works on the liver. In large doses, they can damage those respective organs; however, for occasional use, your SIL is overreacting. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that Advil is not recommended under 6 months and it can cause an increase in bleeding, so if your child has had a head trauma or something like that and there may be internal bleeding, Advil definitely should not be used (just like people aren't supposed to take Advil for a week prior to or after a planned surgery, etc.).

I hope that helps!

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Kids get ibuprofen from the doctor (w/ prescription... free medical) when they go in w/ a fever (not very often at all) and I buy them Tylenol. I try not to keep pain meds in the house for them very often though cuz my girls get more headaches when they have something available to take for them. When we're all out.... I hardly ever hear them complain about headaches. I currently take Tylenol, but will be buying ibuprofen the next time I buy anything since Tylenol doesn't touch my massive headaches, but 600mg of ibuprofen does. I very rarely take anything for a 'regular' headache since I get them so often... it's normal for me.

C. - posted on 10/29/2010

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I use Advil liqui-gels for myself (when I was pregnant, I used Tylenol :( ). For my son, whatever we can find at the store (Children's Tylenol or Motrin). I don't like Tylenol. It doesn't work very well and it screws with your liver too much.

September - posted on 10/29/2010

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Actually Sara Advil/Ibuprofen are processed by the liver.



Ibuprofen is processed by the liver in two different ways, oxidation and glucuronic acid conjugation. 25 percent is oxidized by the liver to form (+)-2-[p-(2hydroxymethyl-propyl) phenyl] propionic acid and 37 percent to (+)-2-[p-(2carboxypropyl)phenyl] propionic acid. 14 percent is processed by the liver to form the glucuronic acid conjugate. All three are excreted in the urine.

Sara - posted on 10/29/2010

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Tylenol can cause liver damage if you use too much, because it's metabolized through your liver, but it takes quite a bit or you have to have some other co-morbidity in order for it to be a problem. Advil is metabolized through your kidneys and works differently as an NSAID medication than Tylenol. I prefer Advil or Ibuprofen myself.

With my daughter, I use Advil when I have to give her something for the simple fact that it lasts longer to relieve discomfort than Tylenol, though I've heard Tylenol is better for teething pain.

Jackie - posted on 10/29/2010

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I personally like Motrin best. I think it's a little stronger and last longer. It's also an anti-inflammatory so it reduces swelling. Tylenol is good for fevers and such. At least that's my rule of thumb.



Everything is ok in moderation. Just don't over due any of them and I wouldn't worry about liver damage

Amanda - posted on 10/29/2010

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Tylenol you can only give every 4-6 hours....Ibuprofen can be given every 8 hours.

Infants Advil is great...however the bottle is very small, and so for my little one (who gets the max dosage), there are only about 4 of those in the bottle. Motrin, is great also.

With Tylenol being recalled, you will have to get a stroe brand....Target has a great selection I have noticed. Good Luck to you!

LaCi - posted on 10/29/2010

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He only gets anything if he has a fever, which has happened only once. Not just a smidge of a fever, low fevers serve a purpose, only high fevers need to be dealt with. Teething? walk it off.

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2010

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Thank you Joy it is Motrin!! Lol...I didn't think I gave my son Advil but I couldn't think of what it was called so I thought well maybe it IS advil...I get confused way to easily. I give my son Motrin or Ibuprofen...NOW if you ever find your child's Ibuprofen in the freezer it doesn't come out of it well it all!! I think Motrin and Ibuprofen work way better then Tylenol...it works longer too.

Krista - posted on 10/29/2010

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Tylenol is useless for me, but I will use it for my baby for fever. For pain, I find Advil works better for him. Motrin worked well, but I haven't seen it on the shelves since that recall.

Rosie - posted on 10/29/2010

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for younger infants tylenol is alwyas recommended and once they get to be about 6 months ibuprofen works great. i know ibuprofen works better, and lasts longer than tylenol. so once they get to be older than 6 months you can give whatever one you choose.
ibuprofen always works better for me. and acetaminophen doesn't cause liver damage unless you take more than the recommended dose. so unless you are overdosing your child she's fine. http://www.medicinenet.com/tylenol_liver...

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I've only ever used Tylenol and Motrin with Jacob. I find Tylenol works better for fevers and Motrin works better for pain. From what I understand, the only way Tylenol is gonna cause any kind of liver damage is if it's over-used. But that's true about just about any medication.
I can't even FIND Tylenol or Motrin for my son. There was a recall earlier this year and none of the stores here have it on the shelves at all. Not Infant's and not Children's. When I called the Tylenol hotline, they said it would be back around the first of the year so I guess now is when I'm grateful that Jacob hardly ever gets sick (knock wood).

September - posted on 10/29/2010

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I've used both with our son but I do think Advil works a little better for our son. I used Tylenol while I was pregnant but I like Advil better when not pregnant. FYI: Advil can cause liver damage as well. It would take using Tylenol or Advil daily for a long period of time to cause liver damage. I don't think that you need to worry :)

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2010

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I give my son Advil and ibuprofen...I just think that it works better. My son is 5 and a half now...when he was a baby I used either one! For myself well I am pregnant so I can only take Tylenol but when I was pregnant I took Advil Liquid gels b/c I think they work better.

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