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The Difference Between Advil, Tylenol, Aleve And Aspirin All Summed Up In One Chart

This is super helpful.

It can be overwhelming to figure out what medicine to take for what pain. You likely have multiple over-the-counter drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet right now. So it comes down to: what should you take for what?

The folks at Business Insider put together a handy chart that provides some recommendations when selecting the appropriate drugs. The data comes from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Health.

According to these sources, some drugs are more effective than others for treating specific problems. As an example, ibuprofen (Advil) can be more effective in reducing a fever and Aleve was found to be better at treating pain associated with osteoarthritis.

It’s important to note that many of the drugs will work for a variety of symptoms. The chart suggests which ones may be the most effective.

Also, if you have pain lasting for more than a few days, please make sure to consult your doctor immediately. Based upon your medical history, you may want to avoid some of these medications. Again, be sure to check with your doctor.

And one more note, save money by buying the generic form of these drugs. Matthew Gentzkow, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth did a study to see what type of drugs the experts (doctors and pharmacists) were buying for themselves.

He found that 90 percent of pharmacists bought the generic form of drugs. If they are good enough for the experts, they are good enough for us.