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Tylenol vs. Naprosyn

Are Tylenol and Naprosyn the Same Thing?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Naprosyn (naproxen) are used for treating pain and fever associated with many conditions.

Naprosyn is also used for inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and gout.

Tylenol and Naprosyn belong to different drug classes. Tylenol is an analgesic and antipyretic and Naprosyn is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Tylenol is available as a generic and over-the-counter (OTC).

Side effects of Tylenol and Naprosyn that are similar include nausea, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, skin rash, and headache.

Side effects of Tylenol that are different from Naprosyn include loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes).

Side effects of Naprosyn that are different from Tylenol include heartburn, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, nervousness, blurred vision, or ringing in your ears.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tylenol?

Common side effects of Tylenol include:

  • nausea,
  • stomach pain,
  • loss of appetite,
  • itching,
  • rash,
  • headache,
  • dark urine,
  • clay-colored stools,
  • or jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes).

Get medical help right away if you notice symptoms of a rare serious allergic reaction to Tylenol, including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Naprosyn?

Common side effects of Naprosyn include:

  • heartburn,
  • stomach or abdominal pain,
  • upset stomach,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • skin rash,
  • headache,
  • blurred vision,
  • ringing in your ears, and
  • itching.

What Is Tylenol?

Tylenol temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, headache, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, premenstrual and menstrual cramps, and temporarily reduces fever.

What Is Naprosyn?

Naprosyn (naproxen; other brand names: EC-Naprosyn and Anaprox/Anaprox DS), is a proprionic acid derivative and is considered a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is used for pain management for many diseases, arthritic diseases, and inflammatory diseases such as tendonitis, bursitis, and gout.

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What Drugs Interact With Tylenol?

Tylenol may interact with aspirin or other NSAIDs and blood pressure medications.

Tylenol may also interact with antibiotics, antifungals, sulfa drugs, tuberculosis medicines, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, cancer medications, cholesterol-lowering medications, gout or arthritis medications (including gold injections), HIV/AIDS medications, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, or seizure medications.

What Drugs Interact With Naprosyn?

Naprosyn may interact with aspirin, blood thinners, lithium, methotrexate, heart or blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), or steroids.

Naprosyn may also interact with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

How Should Tylenol Be Taken?

Do not take more than directed.

Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if:

  • adult takes more than 12 caplets in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount
  • child takes more than 5 doses in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount
  • taken with other drugs containing acetaminophen
  • adult has 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.

Do not use

  • with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.
  • if you are allergic to acetaminophen or any of the inactive ingredients in this product

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • pain gets worse or lasts more than 10 days in adults
  • pain gets worse or lasts more than 5 days in children under 12 years
  • fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days
  • new symptoms occur
  • redness or swelling is present

These could be signs of a serious condition.

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children.

Ask a doctor before use if the user has liver disease

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if the user is taking blood thinning drug warfarin.

How Should Naprosyn Be Taken?

Naprosyn is available in several doses and drug configurations; Naprosyn tablets with strengths of 250, 375 and 500 mg and as an oral suspension containing 125 mg Naprosyn per 5 ml of liquid, EC-Naprosyn (delayed release to reduce gastric irritation) with strengths of 375 and 500 mg, Anaprox in 275 mg tablets, Anaprox DS in 550 mg tablets. Almost all Naprosyn drugs are recommended to be dosed twice per day (every 12 hours) with children's doses (strength in mg per Kg) based on the child's weight, also twice a day with a maximum dose of 15 mg per Kg per day.

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References
SOURCE:

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Tylenol Product Information.

https://www.tylenol.com/

FDA. Naprosyn Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/018965s022s023lbl.pdf
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