When to take acetaminophen, ibuprofen and nolotil

The most usual thing is that at home we always have a variable but generally large and large amount of medicines and drugs that we used once when we had a health problem or were sick (for example, from a cold, stomach or flu), and we keep themjust in case.

In fact, you would probably be surprised what the statistics say in this regard. In fact, it is estimated that every year in Spain about 9,183 million euros are spent on medicines (through the billing of medical prescriptions).

And do you know which medications are most consumed? You probably also have them in your particular medicine cabinet or pantry. One of them is the paracetamol, which ranks second among the most consumed annually (according to 2013 data, around 32 million containers were sold in our country).

Another is the ibuprofen, which surprises with the not insignificant figure of 18 million containers, and finally the nolotil, less consumed than the previous two but just as popular among most citizens.

Despite being the most purchased drugs and therefore consumed, the truth is that the most common is not knowing when we have to take acetaminophen, when ibuprofen and when nolotil. What's more, we are faced with a more serious problem: unprofessional self-medication and, above all, less safe.

When to take acetaminophen?

Paracetamol is an analgesic and antipyreticwhich acts by inhibiting the synthesis of protaglandins, cellular mediators responsible for the onset of pain. It comes in the form of capsules, tablets, suppositories and drops for oral administration.

It is usually confused with an anti-inflammatory, so it is usually common to consume it when we have muscle pain associated with contractures, but in reality it is an error.

It is suitable for mild and moderate pain, osteoarthritis or fever. Therefore, it is also useful in case of common cold and flu. It is advised to take between 500 and 650 milligrams every 8 hours, or 1 gram every 6 hours. It is not recommended to exceed 6 grams per day, when it becomes a toxic medicine.

When to take ibuprofen?

Unlike paracetamol, ibuprofen itself is an anti-inflammatory non-steroidal, in addition to acting also as analgesicY antipyretic. It is useful in case of headache, bone or muscle pain, discomfort and pain associated with menstruation, fever and toothache. In addition to other disorders such as arthritis (for example rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis).

Dosage is advised between 400 and 800 milligrams every 8 hours, and although it is usually a medication, it can usually cause some problems, especially digestive problems (it can cause stomach bleeding), kidney damage and increase blood pressure.

When to take nolotil?

Although in reality nolotil is the name of the drug itself, actually we are facing the magnesium metamizole, which is its active principle. It is also a medicine with action analgesic, antipyretic and spasmolytic.

Therefore, it is useful for colic, dental pain, fever that does not decrease with other antipyretic drugs, and postoperative, oncological and internal pains.

The usual recommended dose is 575 milligrams. Although it is well tolerated from a digestive point of view, the truth is that it can cause certain blood disorders, as for example is the case of the destruction of white blood cells (agranulocytosis). In fact, in the United Kingdom or the United States it is not commercialized. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor. ThemesAnti-inflammatory

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