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What are the differences between ibuprofen acetaminophen naproxen and aspirin?

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NSAIDs and acetaminophenibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs.) Among other actions their main mechanism of action is to block a group of enzymes called COX (cyclo-oxygenase) enzymes. They reduce pain (analgesic), reduce high temperatures (antipyrexial), reduce swelling (anti-inflammatory) and make the blood less likely to clot (antithrombolic). As they're all in the same group, they all have similar side effects and risks, however the severity of each side effect varies across the drugs, for instance naproxen is less likely to cause heart problems than ibuprofen. Common side effects include gastric irritation (the reason they should be taken with food) and bleeding. Other drugs in this group include diclofenac and the coxibs (however these have more specific action).

Acetaminophen (paracetamol), is not an NSAID and acts via different mechanisms. It shares the analgesic and antipyretic properties of the NSAIDs, but in not anti-inflammatory or antithrombolic. It is broken down in the body by the liver, unlike NSAIDS which are removed via the kidneys, and have very different side effects.

Acetaminophen can be taken with an NSAID, however you should not take more than one NSAID at a time.

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