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Paracetemol (Acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen?

Both Paracetemol and Ibuprofen are used to treat pain and fever, however they have their differences. Ibuprofen is the one that reduces inflammation, not paracetemol.

It is important to know how your body processes these medications, what the side effects are and whether there are any reasons why you should not take them.

Interestingly, Paracetemol is broken down and removed by your liver, and if you have pre-existing liver condition then you should not take it. Liver damage can also ensue if you take too much Paracetemol in a 24-hour period, and you shouldn't take more than one product that contains this drug.

Ibuprofen is removed from your body by your kidneys, and long-term use can lead to kidney damage and stomach ulcers. Using high doses of Ibuprofen for longer than recommended can increase your risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke. Caution should be used if you are asthmatic, have a history of stomach ulcers, and have liver, kidney or heart problems.

You should always consult your GP if you are unsure of what is most appropriate for your injury, and strictly follow the dosage instructions on the packet.


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