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Can you take Advil (ibuprofen) and OTC sinus medication at the same time?

Can you take Advil (ibuprofen) and OTC sinus medication at the same time?

Don't 2x same med: Look out for doubling up on the same medication, make sure that the active ingredients are not the same in each medication - in this case Ibuprofen (the stuff that advil (ibuprofen) is made of). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Is it safe to take expired Advil (ibuprofen)? I heard that the medication becomes less effective.

Is it safe to take expired Advil (ibuprofen)? I heard that the medication becomes less effective.

Expired medications: Medications that are passed their expiration dates can be less effective, or contaminated. Some medications could even decompose into products that can be harmful. It isn't worth the risk to take expired medications, so regularly clear out your medicine cabinet and replace with fresh medications. ...Read more

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Which medication helps best with migraines? Ibufrofen, parecetamol, nurofen or advil (ibuprofen)? I get them all the time!

Which medication helps best with migraines? Ibufrofen, parecetamol, nurofen or advil (ibuprofen)? I get them all the time!

Frequent migraines: People w frequent headaches should be examined by a physician.If known to have migraines, it's worthwhile knowing: Frequent use of migraine meds(eg sumatriptan) or acetaminophen (paracetamol) can cause "medicine overuse headaches." In other words, regular use of the headache med is now actually causing the headache. NSAIDS like naproxen (Aleve) can treat med overuse headache, as well as migraines. ...Read more

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Headache every time i have exams at uni so what is the solution for headache due to stress while Advil (ibuprofen) and other calming medication doesnt work?

Headache every time i have exams at uni so what is the solution for headache due to stress while Advil (ibuprofen) and other calming medication doesnt work?

Calming techniques: Stress is more of a perceived problem, than an actual illness, so the phrase 'mind over matter' really applies here ! When you feel a tension headache coming on, the best thing to do is take yourself away from the stressful stimulus, take some deep breaths, visualize a calm environment or something that really makes you happy or relaxes you, and the stress will melt away. Try it ! ...Read more

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Which medication is better to take daily: Advil or aleve (naproxen) ?

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Which medication is better to take daily: Advil or aleve (naproxen) ?

Number of factors: Your diagnosis, clinical individual situation, level of pain or inflammation, individual risk factors, and the past experience with NSAIDs medications. For example for low back pain Advil is recommended. For TMJ inflammation Aleve (naproxen) is better. Talk to your doctor about whether you can take NSAIDs daily. ...Read more

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2 weeks since gum surgery for new crown. Taking pain medication, advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours. Sometimes pain wakes me. Is this normal?

2 weeks since gum surgery for new crown. Taking pain medication, advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours. Sometimes pain wakes me. Is this normal?

Not at all: See the Surgeon ASAP for follow-up. You should be on nothing stronger than warm salt water rinses. Get in there tomorrow. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can’t take Aleve & Advil for inflammation/pain anymore due to medication overuse side effects. What can I replace with while also taking Cymbalta?

Can’t take Aleve & Advil for inflammation/pain anymore due to medication overuse side effects. What can I replace with while also taking Cymbalta?

Please repost: Please repost and state specifically what your “medication overuse side effects.” Also, please include the answer to your question given to you by the clinician who prescribed the Cymbalta; or, if you haven’t asked that person this question, please state why not, as (s)he would seem to be the natural person to ask. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to dissolve Advil (ibuprofen) before ingesting? My grandmother dissolves her Advil (ibuprofen) in her warm tea before she takes it. Is this ok? She does this with most of her medication.

Is it dangerous to dissolve Advil (ibuprofen) before ingesting? My grandmother dissolves her Advil (ibuprofen) in her warm tea before she takes it. Is this ok? She does this with most of her medication.

Could be a problem: Dissolving drugs before ingesting can accelerate the drugs absorption, so you get the effect quicker. Some drugs are purposely coated to delay absorption so as not to irritate the esophagus or stomach. If you don't know whether or not a drug can harm the esophagus or stomach, i would not recommend grandma's technique. If she continues her method, advise her to drink lots of water. ...Read more

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Felt fine after antibiotic and antiviral took 1 hour ago. Advil (ibuprofen) soft gel made me puke 10minutes later. Were my medications absorbed or puked?

Felt fine after antibiotic and antiviral took 1 hour ago. Advil (ibuprofen) soft gel made me puke 10minutes later. Were my medications absorbed or puked?

Likely Yes: If you did not notice large pill fragments in your vomit, then 1 hour likely was enough time to absorb much of your pills. I hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I drank approximatly 6 drinks last night. How long do I need to wait to take allergy medication (allegra)? how long do I need to wait to take advil (ibuprofen)?

I drank approximatly 6 drinks last night. How long do I need to wait to take allergy medication (allegra)? how long do I need to wait to take advil (ibuprofen)?

24 hours: At a minimum you should wait 8 hours, 24 hours would be safer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My father have pain in a leg from the top to the bottom is being days already and all he took was advil (ibuprofen) andwhat medication he can get over the counter?

More info needed: More description of his symptoms is needed but if the Pain is in his buttock and radiates down the leg, sciatica is suspected. This is usually caused by pressure on a nerve root in the back by a bulging or ruptured intervertebral disc. Nonprescription pain relievers consist of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/nsaids like Advil or Aleve. If pain persists he needs to consult a physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can we take Advil (ibuprofen) or panadol or paracetamol when taking OCD medications (faverine ) ? And is it bad to drink coffee?

Can we take Advil (ibuprofen) or panadol or paracetamol when taking OCD medications (faverine ) ? And is it bad to drink coffee?

Not to exceeds 2 cup: Pain medication can be taken as needed please limit amount of caffeine there are people who gets obsessed with caffeine . Drinking more than 2 cups could affect medication in some cases ...Read more

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4 year.old daughter had tonsils removed wakes up screaming at night and dr did not prescribe medication just said giver her Advil (ibuprofen) ?

4 year.old daughter had  tonsils removed wakes up screaming at night and dr did not prescribe medication just  said giver her Advil (ibuprofen) 
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Night terrors: The common night waking with screaming & fighting movements is less often pain than it is sleep deficit. This often occurs after the first 2-3 hours of sleep with the kid inconsolable & not aware that you are trying to comfort them. It would tend to stop in a few minutes & they would resume sleep. The following day they often don't remember being up. Over time good sleep should end the deficit/epi ...Read more

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I always take medication (advil or Tylenol) for my period cramps. Can this indicate too high prostaglandins?

I always take medication (advil or Tylenol) for my period cramps. Can this indicate too high prostaglandins?

Period cramps: Prostaglandins can create severe uterine contractions, causing cramps. Endometriosis is a condition which can produce ever increasing menstrual cramps, and can lead to infertility. Talk with your gyn provider about low dose oral contraceptives, which can reduce your cramps, and protect your fertility capacity. ...Read more

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Is there any muscle relaxer medication overthe counter? Don't have insurance. Ibuprofen, advil, Aleve (naproxen) doesn't work.

Is there any muscle relaxer medication overthe counter?  Don't have insurance. Ibuprofen, advil, Aleve (naproxen)  doesn't work.

There is none.: Muscle relaxants are typically prescription medications. These are generally prescribed based on the physician's evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm on sprintec birth control pills, what cold/ flu medication can I take that won't effect my birth control? What pain killers (Advil, tylenol)?

I'm on sprintec birth control pills, what cold/ flu medication can I take that won't effect my birth control? What pain killers (Advil, tylenol)?

Ok to take: There are no drug interactions with common combination cold and sinus over the counter medications, such as Advil (ibuprofen) Cold and Sinus which contains Ibuprofen. You can also take Acetominophen. ...Read more

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Been having joint pain my knee for 3 days. I have taken Advil (ibuprofen) and have been icing, but pain has not subsided. Looking to see if I can have a stronger anti-inflammatory medication?

Been having joint pain my knee for 3 days. I have taken Advil (ibuprofen) and have been icing, but pain has not subsided. Looking to see if I can have a stronger anti-inflammatory medication?

Can take 3 Advil (ibuprofen): You should see a physician quickly if you have a fever, if the joint is swollen or warm to touch or if very painful to walk. If 2 Advil (ibuprofen) don't help you can increase to 3 tablets every 6 hours provided you have no history of stomach ulcers etc. If the pain persists see your physician. ...Read more

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I take 450 mg of lithium nightly and have been taking 800mg of Advil for a cold the last few days, am I ok to take Xanax with these drugs? Prescribed

I take 450 mg of lithium nightly and have been taking 800mg of Advil for a cold the last few days, am I ok to take Xanax with these drugs? Prescribed

Lithium interactions: I take 450 mg of lithium nightly and have been taking 800mg of Advil for a cold the last few days, am I ok to take Xanax with these drugs? ANS: lithium is a tricky drug and you should review any other meds with your team before taking them. Many cold meds may interact. But probably not for short term. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Is Advil (ibuprofen) "undetectable" by a drug test?

Is Advil (ibuprofen) "undetectable" by a drug test?

Depends on the test: The question is not clear, however, tests are generally specific for different drugs and vary between testing for urine and blood. Advil (ibuprofen) is not tested for in a screening test for drugs of abuse. ...Read more

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Was given 2 mgs lorazapam by mistake and i think i passed out and possibly hallucinated is that possible do not normally take any drugs but advil (ibuprofen). ?

Lorazepam: Lorazepam is a very strong sedative. That large of a dose, enough to sedate a horse, was probably too much for your system. I would not recommend that you repeat the experience. ...Read more

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Drug like lorazapam wouldn't the presciber make sure you understand what this is and for and dangers. Was stressed but Advil (ibuprofen) pm would have been fine.

Drug like lorazapam wouldn't the presciber make sure you understand what this is and for and dangers. Was stressed but Advil (ibuprofen) pm would have been fine.

Communication issue: It sounds like the health care provider wrote you a prescription for an anti anxiety pill when you needed something for sleep. Contact the provider and discuss how you feel. It will be a learning experience for both of you. ...Read more

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Hi drs..... Can I use "advil drug" to reduce the mucous in my nose that result from flu ? Is it effective or not ?

Hi drs..... Can I use "advil drug" to reduce the mucous in my nose that result from flu ? Is it effective or not ?

Nasal Mucous: Advil or other anti-inflammatories will most likely do nothing to decrease the nasal mucous you are producing when you are ill. The most common and effective approach is with the prescription steroid nasal sprays such as flonase. ...Read more

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Can a 16 year old be taking Advil (ibuprofen) PM if they can not sleep?. And would it show positive in a drug test?

Look on the fine : print. Anything that says "pm" on it has diphenhydramine aka Unisom aka Benadryl in it. Yes it can cause false positives. Depends on test brand. It's used in pediatrics for allergic reactions, so it's fair to say the general medical population considers it safe *properly dosed* It is mildly habit-forming, but way less than doxylamine. Don't use combo products. Does she need ibuprofen in Advil PM? ...Read more

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What OTC drug can I take for muscle pain? Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't help me!

Acetaminophen: You can try acetaminophen, if you haven't already done so. The bigger question is why you are having muscle pain. If the problem persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My gyn said take Advil (ibuprofen) to stop bleeding; my GI said large dose of Advil (ibuprofen) increases risks for colon bleeding. How can same drug have opposite effects?

My gyn said take Advil (ibuprofen) to stop bleeding; my GI said large dose of Advil (ibuprofen) increases risks for colon bleeding. How can same drug have opposite effects?

Advil (ibuprofen): Perhaps you misinterpreted the instructions. Advil (ibuprofen) would be for pain or cramping. It is never used to 'stop bleeding'. Large and prolonged doses of drugs such as advil (ibuprofen) can lead to ulcers and GI bleeding, but not usually in low or temporary dosing. ...Read more

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Can I take advil while taking cepfodoxime? Thank you!

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Can I take advil while taking cepfodoxime?  Thank you!

Drug interactions: I found on drug-drug interactions btwn Advil (brand of ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory pain medication) and Cefpodoxime (a cephalosporin-class antibiotic) at https://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=552-0,1310-782. But be sure to read about potential side effects of each, especially gastritis from former, and vaginal yeast infection & diarrhea from latter. ...Read more

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I took 4 advil pills by accident... is that considered overdosing? And will i die from it?

NoYouWillNotDie: One Advil pill contains 200mgm of Ibuprofen.4 pills make it 800mgm.That is the Maximum one time dose adviced for pain sometime.Some may get some stomach upset&irritation&symptoms of hyperacidity like heart burn or some epigastric pain.Dont take any more advil for 24 hours.If any symptoms of stomach upset you can take maalox or mylanta or Ranitidine or omoprazole available over the counter ...Read more

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Advil (Definition)

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