Tylenol or Advil?

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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that with Crohn's, I should avoid a particular type of pain reliever, but I can't recall which kind. Which is better to take, Advil or Tylenol? Thanks.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol is better to take. Advil can cause GI bleeds.
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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
stay away from ibuprofen derivatives as it disrupts and irritates the GI tract in us crohnies.
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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, keep a close eye on the way the Tylenol effects your belly too... My doctor has had me go off of all NSAIDS (non-steroidal-anti-inflamatory-drugs) and I must say that I do see an improvement in my GI symptoms. I do realize though, that going "cold turkey" isn't always possible... But between the two - Tylenol has always been WAY easier on my tummy than anything like Advil (or naproxen (alieve), or ibuprofen).
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol is not an anti-inflamitory so if you need help with inflamation tylenol won't help. But it is also less likely to cause bleeding. Tylenol can be very liver toxic so watch the dose.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Advil is an NSAID unfortunately, so it's a no no. Only Tylenol. Which is hard since it doesn't do much compared to NSAIDS.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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