- Both used for pain control.
And they're both over the counter.
The difference is the site of action.
So ibuprofen we call them nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs so what they do is they act
in the certain pathways of our pain.
So you see when we have pain
there's different mechanisms in the body
and one of them is production of prostaglandins
which is a substance that transmit the pain signals.
Ibuprofen belongs to that group
and what it does is inhibits the enzyme
that prevents the formation or interrupts the formation
So that's how it works.
Acetaminophen believe it or not
has been around for decades but it's still
the exact mechanism is still kind of a mystery.
One of the things that we know
is that it can affect how we perceive pain.
So it acts in the region in our brain called hypothalamus
and what it does is it tricks the brain
to reset the temperature.
So if you're having fever,
you take Tylenol,
it tricks the brain to tell you hey.
Your temperature's too high, let's lower it down
and that's how it affects it.
It can go through the same pathway as ibuprofen
to a certain extent but not like ibuprofen
where we can use it for anti-inflammatory.
Can treat for fever, can treat for pain.
Tylenol good for fever, good for pain.
Not good for inflammation.