Tylenol® (Acetaminophen) and Motrin® (Ibuprofen) are used to temporarily reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headache, minor sore throat, and toothache. Ibuprofen has an additional property of reducing inflammation.
Acetaminophen is marketed under brand names such as Tylenol, Little Fevers, Triaminic, Infant/Pain Reliever, PediaCare, Triaminic Infants’ Syrup Fever Reducer Pain Reliever and other store brands (e.g., Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens brand, etc.). Please read the article on our articles page about Tylenol recommendations in children by Dr. Michelle Kravitz.
Ibuprofen is marketed under brand names such as Motrin, Advil, Medipren, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever and other store brands. Ibuprofen belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Drug Facts Label
To avoid confusion and the potential for dosing errors, consumers, parents, and caregivers should carefully read the Drug Facts label on the package to identify the concentration of the liquid pain medicine (in mg/mL), dosage, and directions for use.
Tylenol and Motrin Dosage Chart