When differentiating between Tylenol (paracetamol) and aspirin, it is important to note that both belong to different classes of drugs, though they produce similar effects. Tylenol belongs to a class of drugs known as analgesics, i.e., pain-relieving drugs. It can also be classified as an antipyretic, meaning it can be used to treat fever. In contrast, aspirin is an NSAID and a very common pain-relieving drug.
Studies have shown that Tylenol is not as effective as aspirin to relieve severe pain, but can be used to relieve mild to moderate pain due to conditions like arthritis, menstrual cramps, migraines, etc. While aspirin can be used to treat inflammation, acetaminophen is not effective at relieving inflammation.
Extensive researches have shown that aspirin is good for people with certain heart diseases since it can be used to prevent blood clots. In contrast, Tylenol does not have this property. .
When it comes to painkillers, there are a number of options on the market that a person can choose from. However, they are not all the same and one should known the differences between them so that they can choose the right one. Two choices that a person can have is tylenol and aspirin. Both of these can be used for pain and fever, but there are other instances in which they can be used for which makes them different.
Tylenol should be used in cases that are anti-inflammatory, where aspirin should be used in cases of inflammation. Another difference between them is that aspirin can be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
F. Daniel, Content Optimization Executive, Diploma in Journalism, California
Answered Jul 21, 2020
Tylenol (paracetamol) and aspirin are both painkillers and they have certain advantages over each other. Aspirin belongs to a group of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drug (NSAID). This is because they don't contain any steroid compound in their compositions. Aspirin is used majorly to reduce inflammation or swelling, to reduce the risk of heart problems.
Like I said, it can be used to relieve pain and can be used to treat fever because it has anti-pyretic effects. On the other hand, Tylenol (paracetamol), on the other hand, is an analgesic. According to researches, Tylenol has been confirmed to have more analgesic and anti-pyretic effects more than aspirin. Although, both are used as painkillers, but Tylenol (paracetamol) can only relieve pain, it can't reduce inflammation.
Because aspirin has the capacity to prevent blood clots, it is usually prescribed for people with heart problems. Although, both have so many side effects, but too much of Tylenol can damage the liver, while aspirin can cause ulcer or gastric irritation.