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If you're an adult with pain, such as arthritis, the medicines you take for pain may interact or interfere with other medicines you take for other conditions. When medicines interact, it may change the way one or both of them work in your body. This may cause unexpected, and sometimes dangerous, side effects.
Many of the medicines frequently used to treat arthritis pain belong to a class of medicines called NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory). Commonly used OTC NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil®), and naproxen sodium (Aleve®), as well as traditional prescription NSAIDs (such as indomethacin, ibuprofen, etc.) and COX-2 inhibitors, like Celebrex®. These drugs work by blocking the production of substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation.
The medicine in TYLENOL® is not an NSAID. It’s a pain reliever that works differently. And unlike Aleve®, which may interact with certain blood pressure medications, TYLENOL® won’t. Patients should always read and follow labeled directions on the medications they are taking. TYLENOL® should not be used with other acetaminophen-containing products.