Need professional opinions on a pharm test question

  1. 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.
    Last edit by dano on Nov 1, '06
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  3. by   Mr. Beef
    Quote from dano
    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, Motrin and Bayer.

    I picked Aleve based on the fact I've never personally heard of Motrin being used for it, but I've also not had any experience with it.

    I know it's not Tylenol or Bayer, that's an easy elimination. The teacher is saying it's Motrin, but I asked my pharmacist at work and she said either/or 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.
    I don't have any links to support my theory, but I must agree with you and I would have said Aleve as well. Half of the answers were not NSAID's, and I thnk Motrin is not an NSAID or is one of the older ones. It could not be something easy like Advil could it.

    Just my opinion,

    Mr. Beef
  4. by   dano
    Quote from Mr. Beef
    I don't have any links to support my theory, but I must agree with you and I would have said Aleve as well. Half of the answers were not NSAID's, and I thnk Motrin is not an NSAID or is one of the older ones. It could not be something easy like Advil could it.

    Just my opinion,

    Mr. Beef
    My bad, thanks for pointing it out. It was Advil, but it listed the generic as ibuprofen on the exam and I've got a habit of using Motrin as the example. I fixed it above.
  5. by   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!
  6. by   KRVRN
    I guess Aleve could be considered "better" because it lasts longer.
  7. by   dano
    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
  8. by   GatorRN
    As the last post noted, Advil, Motrin, (Ibuprofen) and Aleve, Naprosyn, (Naproxan) are both NSAID's. They are both used for Osteoarthitis, as well as Aspirin. They are all common pain relievers that reduce pain and swelling associated with Osteoarthritis.

    Everyone responds to medications differently. Therefore, one person may find Ibuprofen to offer the most relief, and others may prefer Naproxan, and still another may prefer Aspirin.

    Refer to the following link, (about half way down the page) perhaps your instructor should give credit to all answers, with the exception of Tylenol. It's worth a shot. Good luck, I hope you get credit for your answer.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e....htm#Treatment
  9. by   dano
    I sent my professor an e-mail last night and she told me she has decided to throw out that question. I guess I wasn't the only one who complained.

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