If this is considered medical advice, by all means lock it or delete it mods. It's not intended to be, I just wanted some opinions.
Anyways, one of my test questions in pharmacology today was:
"Which NSAID is most effective for osteoarthritis?"
The choices were Tylenol, Aleve, Advil (ibuprofen) and aspirin.
I picked Aleve based on the fact I've never personally heard of Advil being used for it, but I've also not had any experience with it.
I know it's not Tylenol, that's an easy elimination. The teacher is saying it's ibuprofen, but I asked my pharmacist at work and she said either ibuprofen or Aleve would do the same job. Also between our book and notes in class, there was no mention of which one is any better.
So, in your opinion, which would be the correct choice? Any links for evidence? It just may earn me a point back. If not, it's something I'll be sure to remember for the rest of my life.
Nov 1, '06
Quote from santhony44
Motrin and Advil are the same thing. They are two different brand names for ibuprofen.
Aleve is naproxen.
Ibuprofen and naproxen are both NSAIDs and can both be used for arthritis. Bayer (or any other brand name) aspirin is also in the NSAID category.
Ibuprofen is probably used more often, but as your pharmacist said, both ibuprofen and naproxen are effective and I don't know that one works better than the other. Their side effect profiles are similar, too. Ask your teacher to cite her source!
Hrm. Interesting. The way she taught this part of analgesics in class she made salicylates sound like they're not NSAIDs. I know Aleve is naproxen, I have an anaphylactic reaction to it myself so I'm well aware of its generic name.
If anyone recognizes the name, it was Dr. Vallerand who is an author in the Davis Drug Guide that gave our last two lectures. Maybe she's just more book smarts than lecture smarts.:roll
Last edit by dano on Nov 1, '06