Often times when people obtain a headache or back pain they think that Advil, Tylenol or other over the counter analgesics are basically interchangeable. That is actually not the case at all. These medications each work at their best for specific ailments because they work differently for certain body parts.
When you have a headache it is best to take Tylenol or acetaminophen because it has fewer side effects. If you have inflammation in your joints, it’s best to take Advil or ibuprofen because it is more likely to bring greater relief. When you have a fever, either will work but a Advil is found to have a slight edge.
When you take too much acetaminophen, it can damage your liver. Ibuprofen is associated with gastrointestinal problems when you take too much.
Watch the video below or greater explanation on when and how to use Tylenol or Advil.