Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Naproxen is used for the treatment of painful conditions such as arthritis, sprains and strains, backache, menstrual pain, and gout pain.
Tylenol is an over-the-counter medicine used to treat reduce symptoms of pain and fever. Tylenol belongs to a class of drugs called Analgesics. Tylenol could be taken by adults and children above the age of 12.
Can Naproxen And Tylenol Be Taken Together?
Difference Between Naproxen And Tylenol
Naproxen works well for treating mild to moderate pain or inflammation.
Tylenol effectively reduces fever and relieves pain, but it doesn’t lower inflammation and swelling.
Naproxen is good for relieving pain from common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, and arthritis.
Works well to relieve pain and fevers. Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
Naproxen causes fewer stomach problems and is generally safe to use. Naproxen is not safe for pregnant women and people who are above the age of 60. Could cause kidney problems and stomach bleeding if taken for a longer period.
Tylenol causes less upset stomach, ulcers, bruising, and bleeding than other pain medications. It doesn’t cause kidney damage and is also safe to use for people suffering from heart problems or in case of pregnancy.
Naproxen can raise the risk of getting blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
Drinking alcohol while taking Tylenol can damage the liver
Comparison of Side Effects of Naproxen And Tylenol
Whom Should Avoid Naproxen
- If you have asthma or any other allergic disorder.
- If you have ever had a stomach or duodenal ulcer, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disorder such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- If you have a heart condition or a problem with your blood vessels or circulation.
- If you have high blood pressure.
- If you have ever had blood clotting problems.
- If you have high blood sugar or cholesterol levels.
- If you are a smoker.
- If you have a connective tissue disorder, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (an inflammatory condition also called lupus or SLE).
- If you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other NSAID.(Risser, A., Donovan, D., Heintzman, J., and Page, T., 2009)
The recommended dosage of Naproxen, for adults, is one pill every 8–12 hours. However, this depends on the strength of the medication. While, Tylenol generally comes in 325 mg, 500 mg, or 650 mg pills.
- 1 or 2 325 mg pills every 4–6 hours, taking no more than 8–10 pills per day
- 1 or 2 500 mg pills every 4–6 hours, taking no more than 6 pills per day
- 1 or 2 650 mg extended-release pills every 8 hours, taking no more than 4–6 pills per day