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how do you use tylenol and motrin together?

i'm just confused. do u give tylenol 2hrs after the motrin and the motrin 4hrs after the tylenol or 2 hrs after teh tylenol?

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Asked by SabrenaLeigh at 10:34 AM on Oct. 27, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • start with tylenol. wait 2 hours and then give motrin. then in abother 2 hours, if the fever still hasn't broken you can give tylenol again because 4 hours will have passed. most times this will break a fever but if need be, you can give motrin 4 hours later. basic principle is that tylenol can only be given every 4 hours at most....motrin is every 6 at as long as you keep that in mind and don't give either closer together, you will be okay.

    Answer by RNmama09 at 10:37 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Motrin can be given every 6hrs. and Tylenol every 4hrs. So you can give Motrin, then 3hrs. later give Tylenol, three hours after that Motrin, etc. As long as you don't give the Motrin before it has been 6hrs. since the last Motrin dose, or the Tyelnol before it has been 4hrs. since the last Tyelnol dose, then its fine.

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 10:39 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Q. I am a pediatrician concerned about parents? use of two over-the-counter medications. I often feel like a ?one-woman army? trying to combat simultaneous use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, etc) for children with fever.

    Parents sometimes alternate doses as often as every two hours. Some parents are giving these medications together to bring down a fever.

    Clearly, fever is a physiologic function that helps the body fight infections. I try to educate parents about this, but there seems to be an almost irrational fear of fever in our culture.

    I am also alarmed about recent case reports of kidney failure in children who had received this combination. I am very concerned that as this practice spreads, so will the incidence of kidney failure.

    Answer by PsychMommie at 10:44 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • A. ?Fever phobia? is a concern of many pediatricians. A mild elevation in temperature is part of an immune reaction to infection. Lowering such a fever may be counterproductive.

    There is no evidence that alternating acetaminophen and ibuprofen or administering both drugs together lowers fever faster or helps children recover more quickly. You are not the only pediatrician who has expressed concern that this combination may increase the risk of toxicity, such as kidney damage.

    Answer by PsychMommie at 10:44 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Yah, what the pedi said! Why are you wanting to use both together? Who told you to do this? One should be just fine! Motrin is usually better for higher fevers that are stubborn. Does your little one have a fever of 104/105? Try using Motrin and a few warm baths. Warm baths work really well for fevers, yes they are temporary but kids usually love this when they're not feeling well and it's a natural remedy. Just because they sell motrin and tylenol over the counter doesn't mean it's safe to give all of the time, that's why it specifically states to consult with your pedi. You can also dress your child in warm clothing and stand outside where it's cold for 5-10 min.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Ours told us to do them every two hours....For example Tylenol at 8am, Motrin at 10am, Tylenol at 12 noon, Motrin at 2pm, etc. BUT...ONLY if Tylenol alone isn't bringing the fever down.

    And this is also only if Motrin doesn't make your kids puke. (it does mine, so we can't use it)

    It's not to lower the fever faster or help the kids recover more quickly. It's for when you need a little extra help controlling the fever.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:38 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • I was told be an ER doc that I could give them both at the same time to start, then make sure to give them as directed after the first dose. The Motrin was primarily for pain and the Tylenol was for fever. My DD had a fever and was sick with the flu when we took her in.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

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