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November 20th, 2009, 06:01 AM #1Really Bad Soar Throat? Try Advil
I have always been a Tylenol guy for pain relief. Never really tried Advil. Last week I had a soar throat that would not go away and it got to the point where I didn't want to swallow because it hurt so much. I couldn't get an appointment with my regular PCP, so I went to a walk in clinic.
The throat swab came up negative for strep, which surprised me given how soar it was. I did get an anti-biotic for bronchitis, but the doctor suggested Advil for the soar throat. He said my tonsils were very red and a bit swollen. He recommended Advil to reduce the swelling/inflammation.
I got some Advil, took 2, and within an hour my throat felt so much better. I had been taking Tylenol prior to going to the clinic which wasn't working very well.
In case you have a really bad soar throat and haven't tried Advil, given my experience, you may want to see if it works for you.
November 20th, 2009, 06:34 AM #2
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When I lived in the USA, I always took Advil over Tylenol. Never took it for a sore throat. Makes sense though
November 20th, 2009, 08:09 AM #3
I've found Aleve to be even more effective, and will often alternate between Advil and Aleve.
I've always wondered if our bodies build up a resistance to the painkillers we take most frequently, and if changing up once in a while helps.
November 20th, 2009, 08:32 AM #4
For pain caused by inflammation/swelling, it's best to use Tylenol in conjunction with Ibuprofen. In addition to reducing the swelling, Ibuprofen interacts with Tylenol in such a manner as to produce a compound that is much more effective in reducing pain than the Tylenol itself would.
November 20th, 2009, 11:35 AM #5
Aleve is very effective, but my stomach can't handle it. Felt like I had swallowed an auger. Ibuprofin's good too, but my stomach can't handle that, either (although it's not as bad as Aleve).
Originally Posted by MichaelColey
As for a sore throat specifically, I don't know what works. As a kid I tried many syrups, but they were totally worthless, so I've just toughed it out ever since. I'll have to remember to try popping a couple of Excedrins if I get another...There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway
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