First Aid

Ibuprofen vs. Aspirin in First Aid

Ibuprofen vs. Aspirin in First Aid

One of the most important things in first aid is knowing how to deal with and counter pain. This is especially important when the injury is fairly minor. Obviously if you’re treating a gushing wound, saving a life takes precedent over stopping pain. However, most injuries are as simple as a scraped knee or cut finger, in which case pain is really the most distressing symptom.A� Luckily, there are many ways to deal with mild to moderate pain in first aid, and one of the most effective onesA� is over the counter medication. Two of the dominant, most common and most effective painkillers are ibuprofen and aspirin. The two are similar, yet different. Do you know which to choose when delivering first aid?

Ibuprofen vs. Aspirin: Similarities

  • Good for use for mild to moderate pain
  • Cheap
  • Readily available almost anywhere without a prescription
  • Can be harmful in used improperly
  • Usually come in small pills that are swallowed whole
  • They are both effective for reducing swelling and treating inflammation

Ibuprofen vs. Aspirin: When to Choose Aspirin

  • Aspirin can weaken stomach lining and cause ulcers when used repeatedly, so, if you’re going to use the painkiller in high doses very often, avoid aspirin
  • Aspirin has been shown to reduce the chance of heart attack when taken in small doses daily. You should also take an aspirin if the first symptoms of a heart attack arrive
  • Aspirin thins the blood; this is part of why it’s so good for preventing heart attacks. However, this also means that it makes blood clot more slowly. Avoid using aspirin when treating someone who is bleeding.
  • Aspirin is generally better for treating headaches than ibuprofen

Ibuprofen vs. Aspirin: When to Choose Ibuprofen

  • Ibuprofen is less damaging to the digestive tract, and so is better for more frequent doses
  • Ibuprofen is usually a slightly more effective pain killer when used in the same doses as aspirin
  • Ibuprofen is better to take with flu or cold-like symptoms, as aspirin has been connected with negative side effects under this condition

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