Shopping for aspirin yesterday for headache due to sinus probs. There are so many products on the market. So many questions, can you mix it with sudafed? Whats the difference between, aspirin, tylinal, motrin? Its too confusing. What do you use and why? I just bought aspirin because it was on a big sale.
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I would hope one of the medical folks on the forum would correct me if I'm wrong, but I think aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and naproxen (Aleve) are pretty similar in the way they act. All are anti-inflammatory drugs. Aspirin is the most irritating to the stomach and is an anti-coagulent, so that's why they advise not taking it before surgery and also why it's prescribed to prevent heart disease. Ibuprofen is less irritating to the digestive tract and it seems to work in lower dosages than aspirin. Naproxen lasts longer. Tylenol is not irritating to the digestive tract but it isn't an anti-inflammatory so it won't work on things caused from inflammation like sunburn, arthritis, etc.
As far as whether or not you can take any of them with Sudafed, it would depend on what kind of Sudafed it is. There are so many versions of Sudafed and store brand Sudafed that I would check with the pharmacist to make sure that the one I was taking didn't already have a pain reliever built into it.
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