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QA2: What should I use, tylenol or motrin?

Tylenol and motrin (or acetaminophen and ibuprofen) are both anti-pyretic medications.  That means they both reduce fever and also relieve pain.  They each work differently in the body and each last for different amounts of time in the body.  Acetaminophin (tylenol) lasts about 4 – 6 hours and ibuprofen (motrin/advil) lasts 6 – 8 hours.  When the two medications are compared in medical studies, they are both equal in reducing fever, but the effects of ibuprofen last longer.  When choosing which medication to use, you should consider the length of action and your own personal experience.  We do not endorse one medication over the other with the following exception, ibuprofen is not recommended in children under 6 months of age.  Lastly, we do not recommend that you alternate these medications, choose one and stick with it; remember fever is not dangerous. See our Dosing Charts for the above medications. – Jason Reynolds, MD/PhD

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