Choosing Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol


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Based in Roanoke, Virginia, Ashok Pinnamaraju co-owns Williamson Road Pharmacy where he provides responsive service to customers in the local community. Ashok Pinnamaraju carefully ensures that patients obtain their required medications and has instituted an online prescription refill system that manages up to five prescriptions for a single patient.

One common question among pharmacy customers is the difference between aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen in treating issues such as headaches and whole body pain. Sold under the Bufferin or Bayer brands, aspirin is absorbed into the bloodstream and effectively works to suppress pain symptoms and reduce inflammation. It has blood thinning effects that make it unsafe for hemophiliacs and it can also upset the upper digestive tract.

Available as Motrin or Advil, ibuprofen has a similar function and chemical composition to aspirin. Less irritating to the stomach lining than aspirin, ibuprofen is often preferred by those with acid reflux disease or stomach ulcers who wish to address pain or inflammation.

Sold as Tylenol, acetaminophen is effective in the soothing of headaches and in lowering fevers. It does not have the anti-inflammatory properties of ibuprofen and aspirin, and is thus not recommended for treating issues such as sprains or arthritis.