What Is The Difference Between Ibuprofen, Paracetamol And Aspirin?

What is the difference between ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin? And what do the ladies use to fight bad headaches when its that time of the month?.

10 thoughts on “What Is The Difference Between Ibuprofen, Paracetamol And Aspirin?

  1. Dr Frank

    Paracetamol is a unique analgesic, it has no anti-inflammatory properties.
    Aspirin and ibuprofen are both anti-inflammatory analgesics.
    Few doctors use aspirin for pain relief now, its use is confined to its anti-platelet properties, which reduce heart attacks, strokes and other blood vessel blockages. Unfortunately the risk benefit ratio of aspirin in higher doses makes it too dangerous for general use due to the risk of inducing gastrointestinal bleeding.
    A combination of ibuprofen + paracetamol is not a bad idea for period pain, provided you take the ibuprofen on a full stomach, have no ulcer history, and are not asthmatic, since ibuprofen can also cause wheeze.

  2. Carrie S

    ibuprofen (neurofen etc.) is used for treating muscular pains. It is best for pain in joints, cramps, menstrual etc.
    Paracetamol (anadin etc.) is used for headaches and pain. It is also in liquid form (calpol) for babies teething.
    Aspirin is hardly used these days (although is contained in hangover pills and powders). Aspirin is dangerous if given to anyone under 16. Aspirin is also used as a blood thinner for people with arthritis.

  3. Teejay

    Ibuprofen is better used for reducing inflammation in muscles. Paracetamol is used more for joint pain.
    Personally for headaches I use anadin extra which contains both paracetamol and aspirin. You can use ibuprofen for headaches, but one of their side effects can be that it causes headaches.
    :-)))

  4. momof3gr

    ibuprofen is for pain but also helps relax muscular pain making it easier.
    Paracetamol is a pain relief and can upset tummy.
    Asprin pain killer, helps thin the blood and also can cause great deal of tummy upset.
    I always take one paracetamol and one ibuprofen if I am in pain and it always works well.

  5. lourdes r

    ibuprofen paracetamol is plain analgesic-antipyretic while aspirin is an analgesic effectively given to heart patients because of its anti coagulation effects.

  6. ELIZABETH M

    Ibuprofen is good for muscular pains, although it can affect a sensitive stomach, paracetamol is good for cold/flu type as it lowers your temperature and eases feverish symptoms, aspirin does the same but it is reckoned that paracetamol is kinder to the system, but aspirin is good for people with heart problems as it thins the blood a little and makes it easier to flow round the body. Women take whatever will help them at period time.

  7. mjsw17

    Listen to Dr Frank and bumble.
    Some of the other answers are not correct. Aspirin is NOT in ibubrofen and aspirin is not given as a blood thinner for people with arthritis. It is given for people who have heart conditions or have a history or risk of stroke. Paracetamol, humble though it is, is a very good painkiller for arthritis.

  8. bumblech

    Paracetamol
    Paracetamol is normally the first choice for high temperature and fever, and is the most popular. There are several popular brands available, as round tablets, capsule-shaped tablets, capsules, soluble tablets, and liquids for children. They all work the same way, but many people have their own particular favourite.
    Paracetamol is kind to the stomach, and does not cause indigestion or stomach irritation. It can be taken on an empty stomach, and so you do not need to time the doses with meals or food.
    Paracetamol is dangerous if you overdose. Read the label, and use the recommended dose
    Aspirin
    Aspirin has been used for far longer than paracetamol, and is just as good for high temperature and fever. There are popular brands available in tablet and soluble forms.
    Aspirin should not be given to children. It has been linked with causing a rare childhood disorder, and should not be given to children under 16 years old.
    Aspirin can irritate the stomach, and so should always be taken after food, or a meal. If you are not eating, then try to take it with something, even a milky drink is better than nothing.
    Aspirin can cause problems with some medical conditions, and can be a problem taking it with some medicines on prescription. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.
    Ibuprofen
    Ibuprofen is the latest medicine for high temperature and fever to be available, and is just as good as paracetamol ands aspirin. It is more like aspirin than paracetamol.
    Ibuprofen can irritate the stomach, and should always be taken after food, or a meal. If you are not eating, then try to take it with something, even a milky drink is better than nothing.
    Ibuprofen can be given to children over one year old according to the directions.
    Ibuprofen can cause problems with some medical conditions, and can be a problem taking it with some medicines on prescription. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

  9. My name's MUD

    Ibuprofen and aspirin are similar, both contain aspirin and are stomach sensitive. Aspirin thins the blood but can cause internal bleeding and should not be taken too often.
    Paracetamol is a different medicine and can be taken with aspirin based medicines, as long as you’re able to take them both.

  10. Tux

    Paracetamol reduces temperature, whilst the others do not. Which actually prolongs a cold etc because your body gives you a temperature to kill it. Try looking at your diet, I get cholocate cravings around my period time which can contribute to headaches as can caffine.

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