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What "You" Should Know About Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and Acetaminophen

Updated on April 6, 2011

Ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen are all over the counter drugs often used as pain relievers. This hub will explain to you some basic information on each medicine, their side effects and risks, and what dosages ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen should all be administered at.



Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Ibuprofen is often used to relieve headaches, arthritis pain, menstrual pain, and muscle pain. This medicine comes in over the counter dosages of pills containing 200 to 400 mg , lasting anywhere between about 4 - 6 hours. The recommended dosage of ibuprofen largely has to do with age and body weight. Ibuprofen may come in gel forms that are applied to the skin, unlike other pain relievers like aspirin. Using ibuprofen for topical use on the skin, is often a good option as a pain reliever for physical pain cause by sports injuries. Also, another one of the benefits that come from this pain reliever include some increase in blood circulation.

Side effects and risks of ibuprofen may include, constipation, nausea, dizziness, hypertension, and stomach bleeding. Ibuprofen can seriously damage the stomach if improperly used so always read the back of the label before taking any of this medicine.



Aspirin is a salicylate drug that is often taken as a pain reliever, used to reduce fever, to relieve headaches, to relieve menstrual pain, to increase circulation, and as an anti-inflammatory medicine. Aspirin has an anti platelet effect on the blood, which highly benefits those with poor blood circulation by helping to prevent heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. Aspirin usually comes in over the counter pills with a dosage ranging from about 81 - 330 mg on average.

Some side effects and risks of aspirin may include stomach bleeding, dizziness, and nausea. Just like any drug it's important to make sure that this medicine is safe for you to use and to always take the proper dosage. Incase of overdose, always call for to get medical attention.


Acetaminophen is a pain reliever that is often used to treat and help headaches, menstrual pain, arthritis pain, other aches, and can slightly increase circulation. Acetaminophen commonly comes in over the counter pills including liquid gels, tablets, and capsules that usually range from 500 to 100 mg each pill. Acetaminophen lasts from about 3 to 4 hours upon use.

Some side effects and risks of acetaminophen may include liver damage and stomach bleeding. This drug should only be administered with food. Tylenol can be fatal with overdose ( along with aspirin and ibuprofen ) or cause serious damage to your body when taken irresponsibly, so make sure to use this medicine as recommended.


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