Compare ibuprofen vs. Percocet

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

Advil (ibuprofen)

Over-the-counter
Relieves pain, fever, and swelling.

Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 892 reviewsforibuprofen
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.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 1399 reviewsforPercocet
Upsides
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is effective for treating fever, pain, and inflammation.
  • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
  • It comes in different flavored liquid forms that makes it easy for children to take.
  • 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
  • Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs, so you need to take it a few times a day to get relief of your symptoms.
  • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
  • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • Like all NSAIDs, Advil (ibuprofen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
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Reviews
892 
88%
think this treatment is worth it
52%
think this treatment works well
4%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1399 
70%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
15%
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Side effects
The Advil (ibuprofen) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Heart attack and stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    Asthma

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    Kidney disease

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who want to or can become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Death from liver failure

    Current liver disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Death from lack of oxygen to the body (respiratory depression)

    Age 65 or greater

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Neonatal withdrawal syndrome

    Long-term use of opioids in mother

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Death from overdose (extended-release tablet)

    Children age 18 and younger

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Low blood pressure

    Age 65 years or older

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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