How often have you asked someone for Tylenol and they say "well I have Advil, is that okay?" It seems the same as asking "we don't have Coke, but is Pepsi okay?" The thing is, it's not the same. Tylenol and Advil are different medications and treat pains differently.
What It does:
Tylenol is a brand of acetaminophen, which reduces pain and fever. It's believed that acetaminophen affects COX enzymes in the brain, which reduces the substances which cause pain and inflammation. However, the Cleveland Clinic says Tylenol is more effective for things like arthritis and headaches than cramps, muscle sprains, and fevers.
How Long It Lasts:
Tylenol acts fast, but lasts a short amount of time. Taking Tylenol will relieve your pain for about four hours.
As with any medications, there are risks associated with taking Tylenol. Taking too much Tylenol can be harmful to your liver and cause permanent damage. It can also, in rare cases, cause fatal skin reactions. Other risks include, risk of heart attack and stroke, gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding, and detrimental effects on the kidney. Make sure you are not drinking more than two alcoholic beverages when taking Tylenol. As your dosage increases, your risk of these side effects increases as well.
So what about Advil?