Nowadays in live in a world where it is almost impossible for us not to be in a hurry. We just have to do this and to do that and at the end of the day, we don’t have time for ourselves and to worry about ourselves. This results in a lot of problems and a lot of companies end up making a profit out of our problems, since they offer us quick and easy solutions that end up curing what is affecting us.
One of the problems that we end up having, especially with all the stress with deal with on a daily basis, is pain. We have to deal with the pain on a very frequent basis, especially because we don’t have the time to properly relax and to properly analyze the problem, since we are pretty much working all the time.
The most common type of pain that we have to deal with are headaches and back aches. These come mostly due to stress or due to the lack of care regarding this or that problem that we have. Luckily, the pharmaceutical industry has managed to get us a solution to our problem, with painkillers that will kill the pain within minutes of taking them.
The two most common ones are Advil and Aleve. They are incredibly popular over-the-counter painkillers and are very similar, but they do have some differences that are important to take into consideration, since these differences might be the difference between real pain relief and no pain relief at all.
Both these drugs are supposed to relieve pain, reduce fever and reduce inflammation. They are used for the most common types of pain, such as the ones mentioned above and a lot of other types as well. The first difference we can look at between these two is the difference in their most active ingredient. Aleve uses Naproxen as its active ingredient, while Advil uses Ibuprofen as an active ingredient.
Generally, people end up preferring Advil over Aleve, but the pain relief usually lasts longer with Aleve, and it works better with the type of pain that usually results from inflammation. For other problems such as acid reflux, for example, Advil does work better, since Aleve usually has negative side effects whenever it is used for such a condition.
They are both available in a wide variety of forms such as tablets, capsules and liquid gels, but Advil is usually available in forms that Aleve isn’t, such as oral drops and chewable tablets. This might not look like a big difference, but it certainly helps when it comes to people with this or that condition that can not take a pill in a certain way.
The bad thing about these two is that they both have some annoying side effects that people don’t want to deal with at all. They aren’t very effective and people usually don’t suffer from them, but they do occur. The side effects from Advil are nausea and dizziness, while the side effects from Aleve are photosensitivity and problems with the digestive tract.
When it comes to the digestion of the drug itself, people are usually a lot better off by taking Advil than Aleve and any other type of non-selective NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). When taken on small doses, Advil doesn’t cause a large reaction on the digestive tract and as such, people with digestive problems or with acid reflux are better off if they go with Advil instead of Aleve.
When it comes to people who use aspirins and that have heart problems, it is a lot better, however, to pick Aleve instead of Advil. According to gathered data, it is suggested that the ingredients in Advil can suggest a higher cardiovascular risk when they are compared to Aleve.
There was also a study conducted by the FDA that suggested exactly the same thing as the gathered data. As a matter of fact, according to this study conducted by the FDA, the only NSAID that was not related to any increase in risk of cardiac occurrences was Aleve, due to its active ingredient being Naproxen.
When it comes to the dosage, an Advil pill has 200 mg of its active ingredient, while an Aleve pill has 220 mg of its own active ingredient. The effects of Aleve pills last longer than the effects of Advil pills. While Advil pills last for 4 to 8 hours, Aleve pills last a little bit longer, reaching up to 12 hours and being at a minimum of 8 hours.
Aleve pills should be taken once every 8 to 12 hours (2-3 times a day), while Advil pills should be taken once every 4 to 6 hours (4-6 times a day). These amounts should not be exceeded, as that is going to cause more harm than it should. Moreover, two Advil pills can be taken at once if required, but two Aleve pills should not be taken at once even if required.
When it comes to the price, there are not many differences to be analyzed between one and the other. They vary in price depending on the volume and the strength of the drug being purchased, but they are pretty much equivalent when we compare the effects and the price of one and the other. There are, however, cheaper alternatives, since the generic equivalents of these two are usually cheaper than the originals.