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Is advil (ibuprofen) safe to take all the time for pain?

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Dr. Leonard Pace
Pain Management 64 years experience
Not agood idea: Probably not a good idea since it may cause gastrointestinal upset, GI bleeding, cardiac problems and especially kidney toxicity. You should seek medical advice as to why you are in need of a medicine for pain relief.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management 35 years experience
Good question.: Advil, (ibuprofen) one of the over-the-counter nsaids (anti-inflammatory meds), is enteric coated and therefore tolerated gi-wise more so than some rx varieties. Nevertheless it is still the same drug and eventually has the same potential side effects. In certain conditions, certain situations, this may be your best bet, but that decision must be discussed with your doc to monitor your body's resonses.

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A female asked:

I am allergic to Advil and ibuprofen. What kind of pain kill can I take?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
OTC analgesics: Analgesics (medications that treat pain) available over-the-counter include oral&topical meds. Oral ones include NSAIDS like ibuprofen&naproxen, and acetaminophen which is not related to NSAIDS. Allergy to NSAID does not carry over to acetaminophen, unless the acetaminophen product contains an NSAID. Topical agents: menthol, capsaicin.Avoid salicylate if NSAID allergy, unless no salicylate allergy
A 44-year-old member asked:

If you take Advil (ibuprofen) and it doesn't seem to help the pain can u still take a hydrocodone ?

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Dr. Gary Roach
Anesthesiology 42 years experience
Yes: These drugs work by different mechanisms.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can i take 4 Advil (ibuprofen) at one time?

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Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Depends.: If the advil (ibuprofen) are 200 mg Ibuprofen and you are an otherwise healthy person with no contraindications. No pregnancy, no GI bleeding, no renal insufficiency. That is a prescription dose and we only recommend high doses like that with professional counsel. It's better to stick with the dose on the bottle unless your personal physician has instructed you otherwise. High dose nsaids have risk.
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A 52-year-old member asked:

Is it a bad thing to take Advil (ibuprofen) all the time?

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Dr. Ish Rawal
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Multiple reasons. Nsaids can cause gastritis and gastric ulcers. Also it metabolizes through kidneys. So long term use can affect kidney functions too. So risk of bleed, gastric ulcer, kidney damage.

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