Is Tylenol an NSAID?


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Tylenol is not a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly known as NSAID, according to WebMD. NSAIDs are in a diverse group of drugs with analgesic, anti-inflammatory and fever-reducing properties.

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Tylenol is a brand-name version of paracetamol or acetaminophen, a pain medication that is available over-the-counter, as are NSAIDs, states WebMD. Also effective in reducing fever, Tylenol has a similarly broad usage as an NSAID. However, unlike NSAIDs, Tylenol doesn't treat inflammation, according to Drug Watch. It is most effective for minor aches and chronic pain such as arthritis.

Tylenol is the number one over-the-counter pain relief medication used in the United States, but it also can cause liver damage if used in excess, according to WebMD.

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