Claudia Holmes

Paracetamol vs Ibuprofen

The medications outlined in this blog post may not be right for you. Please read the product label and warnings before consumption. If you would like further advice, speak to your healthcare professional, or send our pharmacist a message at



We have had a lot of customers asking us what is the difference between Panadol, Paracetamol, Nurofen and Ibuprofen?


Panadol and Nurofen are medicine brand names that have been thrown around in the Media recently, due to their products being able to help provide relief from some symptoms of COVID.


Panadol and Nurofen are some of the most commonly used medications in the country, we’re here to clear the air on what the difference is between these products are.  


What is Paracetamol?

Paracetamol is the main ingredient in Panadol and is a proven safe and effective medication for mild to moderate pain and fever, when used as directed. Paracetamol can be taken in a tablet, capsule, or syrup form – it’s really up to you how you’d like to take it!


Panadol can be recommended for fast, effective temporary relief of aches and pains such as headaches, migraines, a sore throat, and dental pain.


We do stock other Paracetamol products online, including Panamax 100 Tablets.



What is Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is the main ingredient in Nurofen and is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug which is typically used for pain relief and to bring down a fever. Ibuprofen is effective for mild-to-moderate pain and fever is it’s caused by inflammation.


Nurofen may be recommended for pains caused by arthritis, infection, toothaches, joint pain or period pain. You must always follow the instructions on the medicine and remember to take with food! You risk the chance of getting an upset stomach if you take Nurofen on an empty stomach.



What is the difference between the two?

The main difference between Paracetamol and Ibuprofen is that Ibuprofen reduces inflammation, whereas paracetamol does not.



As there is an increased demand in these products, we urge you to purchase responsible for your immediate needs.

Please remember that these medicines may not be right for you and that you should read the label and any warnings before consumption. If you would like further advice on this product, you can speak to one of our pharmacists by sending us a message at