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Is it safe to take 3 ibuprofen every three hours

A female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Talk to pharmacist: This is the MAX I've heard of: For extreme severe arthritis pain a daily total of 3,200mg can be taken in 3-4 equal doses (intervals of 6-8 hrs). Scia ... Read More

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Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on strength: What is the strength of ibuprofen? Ibuprofen has many side effects- Gastric bleeding, raises BP, affects kidneys etc Find an alternative .
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laurence Fox
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Take with food however
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
No: Be care with ibuprofen. I have seen kidney failure due to overuse.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Siranush Cholakian
33 years experience Holistic Medicine
Tough question: You could.Especially for very short term of pain control and they are from the lower dosage. On the other hand the side effects (constipation, ....)i ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Godot
7 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not recommended: While 3 tablets would probably be unlikely to cause adverse effects in most people, the maximum recommended dose is 2 caps per day. If I were looking ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Lisch
37 years experience Podiatry
No: This is considered an overdose of the medication. If you are having that much pain and inflammation, consult your doctor for a proper dosage of medic ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kim
Dr. John Kim answered
16 years experience Internal Medicine
4grm max: Try to limit maximum daily dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) to 4 grams daily to prevent liver toxicities.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience Pediatrics
Breastfeeding: In general, it is best to avoid medications unless they are critical to your well being. Please speak with your cardiologist regarding the necessity o ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Maybe: In the end it is the same, but the need to "pop a pill"every 3 hours is certainly disruptive to your daily activity and is concerning. Is there a rea ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Probably,but caution: Since paracetamol is Acetaminophen (tylenol), and Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal antiinflammatory (nsaid), they work differently and can be taken togeth ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ricardo Alvillar
42 years experience Rheumatology
Depends: You do not specify the dose of ibuprofen. As the half-life of mefanamic acid is two hours, it would take 10 hours to eliminate the mefanamic acid "co ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
No: The dosing period for Ibuprofen is minimum of every 6-8. Sooner than that can result in high doses that can problems with the kidneys and increased G ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Don't do it...: Don't exceed 1 pill every 8 hours. Higher doses can damage your stomach and intestines. Best wishes!
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Safe: Safe.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Ibuprofen and beer: There will be no negative interaction. Ibuprofen can irritate stomach, and so can beer, but this sould not be an issue. Eat a bit of food.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
For a short while: Hi, diclofenac is a very strong NSAID (same family as ibuprophen). It can lead to kidney dysfunction if used for a long time. It can also harm your ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Madonna
20 years experience Family Medicine
No: Both medications contain diphenhydramine, so you may be taking too much by using both medications so close together.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: It should not be a problem.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Naproxen: It is safe for a short period to have 1500 mg of Naproxen in a 24 hour period. For long term use it is better to be under 1000 mg/day.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Schneider
45 years experience Family Medicine
That is alot: The more Ibuprofen you take, the more likely you will end up with an ulcer or GI bleed. Usually i avoid ove 800mg every 8 hours.

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