When the dreaded headache or backup rears its ugly head, most of us reach gratefully for the nearest bottle of painkiller, regardless of whether it’s aspirin, ibuprofen, or paracetamol. After all, they all do the job, right? The short answer is – yes. But in 3 minutes, you’ll be able to tell when you should be taking one or the other, and when you shouldn’t. Allow our table to explain:
|WHAT IS IT?||A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory||A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory||A non-narcotic painkiller and fever reducer|
|WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE IT?||For pain and inflammation caused by rheumatic arthritis, muscle pain, sprains, backache, headache, and toothache||For pain and inflammation caused by rheumatic arthritis, muscle pain, sprains, backache, headache and toothache. It can also be used for cold and flu-like symptoms.||For moderate pain caused by headaches, toothaches, muscle and joint pains, and period pain|
|HOW MUCH CAN YOU TAKE?||300mg-900mg every 4 to 6 hours for a maximum of 4g daily (for adults)||1200mg-1800mg in 3 or 4 doses throughout the day for a maximum of 2.4g daily (for adults)||500mg-1g every 4 to 6 hours for a maximum of 4g daily (for adults)|
|CAN YOU TAKE IT WITH OTHER MEDICATION?||Preferably not, as it could mix badly with other medicines, vitamins, and even herbal supplements||You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking other medication including herbal supplements||Yes, but check with your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems|
|WHO SHOULDN’T TAKE IT?||People suffering from high blood pressure, asthma, bleeding disorders, stomach ulcers, or liver and kidney disease||People suffering from blood clotting issues, peptic ulcers, and kidney or heart problems||It’s generally considered safe for most people if you stick to the prescribed dosage|
|WHICH BRANDS CONTAIN THIS INGREDIENT?||Grand-Pa (combination paracetamol and aspirin), Compral (combination paracetamol and aspirin), Codis, Disprin||Brufen||Panado, Panadol, Grand-Pa (combination paracetamol and aspirin), Adco-Napamol, Anadin (combination paracetamol and aspirin), Compral (combination paracetamol and aspirin), Stopayne|
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