Ibuprofen and acetaminophen both temporarily reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains due to:
minor pain of arthritis
the common cold
Acetaminophen is also used to temporarily relieve pain due to premenstrual cramps.
Remember! Even if you're in a lot of pain, it's not safe to take more medicine than the label says. And not all pain relievers are appropriate for everyone. Consider your health conditions.
Can I take these at the same time?
Ibuprofen and acetaminophen contain different active ingredients. There may be times when these OTC pain relievers can be taken together, but you should always talk to your healthcare professional before taking more than one type of medicine in 24 hours.
Ibuprofen: If you take more than directed or for longer than directed, the risk of stomach bleeding increases.
Acetaminophen: If you take too much (more than 4,000 mg in 24 hours), you could harm your liver.
This is not a full list of warnings. Check the Drug Facts label on your medicine’s carton for a full list of warnings. Download and save a guide to Drug Facts labels.
It is not safe to apply the dosing directions from one pain reliever to another. Download and save this OTC pain reliever dosage chart to ensure you take these pain relievers safely.
Ibuprofen: For your safety, do not take more than 1,200 mg in 24 hours.
Acetaminophen: For your safety, do not take more than 4,000 mg in 24 hours.