Published in Issue #6 | AUTUMN 2016

C h a d S t r a u g h a n


I often find myself waking up these days feeling like I have
been on a binge as if I am still in college. With 3 kids often
my wake up call, I can assure you, this is not the case. Why
is getting old so painful! I find myself taking ibuprofen and
acetaminophen more frequently than in the past. So you
ask, what is the difference between the two? Ibuprofen (a
NSAID) is often used to treat pain, inflammation, and fever.
It helps block the synthesis of prostaglandins (mediators of
pain) and it is metabolized via the kidneys, therefore, having
no/little effect on the liver. Ibuprofen has been shown to
cause adverse GI symptoms, especially with high doses and
frequent use, and should be taken with food. Acetaminophen
is used to treat many of the same symptoms as ibuprofen and
works in a similar manner, blocking prostaglandin synthesis.
It is often found in combination pain relief formulations (think
Vicodin) and as a result, caution should be used to ensure the
total daily dose consumed does not exceed the maximum
daily allowance. As always, ask your physician which pain
reliever is best for you and your current symptoms.

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Laura Olsen

Houston, TX