Compare Ibuprofen vs. Percocet

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Advil
(Ibuprofen)

Percocet
(Oxycodone / Acetaminophen)

Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Advil (Ibuprofen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.Treats moderate to severe pain. Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is the strongest prescription combination pain medicine for as needed pain relief, but make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.
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Reviews for Advil (Ibuprofen)
88%
of people say Advil (Ibuprofen) is worth it
51%
say it works well
4%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen)
69%
19% vs. Advil (Ibuprofen)
49%
2% vs. Advil (Ibuprofen)
15%
11% vs. Advil (Ibuprofen)
Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Ibuprofen side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Ibuprofen »

The Percocet FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Percocet side effects »
How it works
IbuprofenPercocet
Advil (Ibuprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Oxycodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.
Type of medication
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Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription or OTC
Pain reliever
Opioid
Acetaminophen (APAP)
Prescription only
Available as
IbuprofenPercocet
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 60 years or older
  • Taking aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners
  • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Hemophilia
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Low blood platelet count
  • Taking anticoagulant medications
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin allergy
  • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking high blood pressure medications
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Advil (Ibuprofen) risks & warnings »
  • Current liver disease
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines with acetaminophen
  • Age 65 or greater
  • Higher dose
  • People with not enough thyroid hormones
  • History of lung problems
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Age 65 or greater
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Long-term use
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use of opioids in mother
  • Breastfeeding while taking Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen)
  • Children age 18 and younger
  • Taking more than prescribed dose
  • Mixing with alcohol or drugs that interact with Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen)
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Circulation problems
    Detailed Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Even 1 dose of an extended-release tablet can be too much for a child so store out of reach from children. In adults, raising the dose too quickly, high doses or mixing with alcohol or drugs that interact causes overdose and death. If you suspect a child has taken Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen), or an adult has taken too much, watch them for decreased activity, extreme tiredness small pupils, and lips and fingers turning blue from low oxygen. Call 911 or go to a hospital immediately. Doctors can give a medicine that reverses the effects of Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen).
    Food
    • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
    • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • Advil (Ibuprofen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Advil (Ibuprofen) for any amount of time.
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.
    • Oxycodone, one of the medications in Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) passes into breast milk. Women with a history of long-term opioid use increase the risk of neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Symptoms in the newborn include irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, tremor and lack of weight gain. Opioid withdrawal in infants can be a life-threatening emergency and needs immediate medical care.
    Upsides and benefits
    IbuprofenPercocet
    • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
    • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
    • Ibuprofen works as well as aspirin in treating pain and causes fewer stomach problems.
    • Ibuprofen works better than acetaminophen (Tylenol) at lowering fever and relieving sinus pain.
    • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (oxycodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Provides quick relief for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
    • Generally considered stronger than Norco or other combination pain medicine for treating pain.
    • Good for as-needed, short-term use, but may be helpful to manage more long-term pain problems if used at the appropriate doses and intervals.
    • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    Downsides and risks
    IbuprofenPercocet
    • Ibuprofen doesn't work as long as other NSAIDs, so follow the package directions on how often you can take it.
    • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
    • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
    • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Percocet if you need.
    • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
    • The non-opioid part of Percocet, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
    • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    IbuprofenPercocet
    • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
    • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Starts working in 30 minutes.
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
    • Avoid activities need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    • Constipation is common and may not go away while you're taking this medicine. Drinking lots of water and using laxatives can help.
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • Use it for the shortest time possible, and at the lowest dose possible, to lower your chance of becoming addicted.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
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