What is the difference between ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin

October 13, 2012

Dr. Jose Javier Varo, specialist in Family Medicine and Emergency Director of the University Hospital of Navarra (CUN), explains that:

“Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are analgesics and antipyretics, ie, soothe headaches or minor muscle or joint pain and reduce fever. Ibuprofen also has anti-inflammatory effect. When in doubt, if mild headache, acetaminophen is preferable because it is less harmful.”

“Although these analgesics have similar properties, and you can even get to combine, in the case of ibuprofen there is a side added effect, since it is a gastro harmful and, in some cases, can also alter renal function, while in the case of acetaminophen, you would need to generate overconsumption to damage the liver.”

“Fizzy or tablet? With both methods get similar effects, and, if anything, is achieved with the effervescent shorten absorption time, although it is a mere matter of four or five minutes.”

“Aspirin is not recommended for children, despite the existence of the famous baby aspirin, because its consumption is linked to Reye’s syndrome, a rare disease, but with a high mortality rate.”

Ibuprofen: analgesic (pain) + antipyretic (fever) + anti-inflammatory (inflammation). With gastro harm risk of side effects.
Paracetamol: analgesic (pain) + antipyretic (fever). No side effects, unless intake is abusive.
Aspirin: regarding these applications, its properties are comparable to ibuprofen. Not recommended for children.

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