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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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My 4 yr old child has been having a very high fever. I would like to alternate acetaminophen and ibuprofen. How far apart should they be taken?

My 4 yr old child has been having a very high fever. I would like to alternate  acetaminophen and ibuprofen. How far apart should they be taken?

Busy work: When a kids fever is not responding to either Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen separately it is unlikely to do so if you alternate them.It does give you something to do, but i don't advise the pattern & i never wake a kid for either med. Concentrate of fluid needs & make the dpc aware of the illness. More kids are hospitalized for dehydration than fever. ...Read more

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Does ibuprofen contain acetaminophen?

Does ibuprofen contain acetaminophen?

No: These are 2 different drugs, but have common effects for reducing fever and pain. ...Read more

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Can i take acetaminophen and ibuprofen?

Can i take acetaminophen and ibuprofen?

Yes: But not on a regular basis. And as long as you don't have severe liver or kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is 1500 grams of acetaminophen with Advil (ibuprofen) taken for?

What is 1500 grams of acetaminophen with Advil (ibuprofen) taken for?

1500 mg of: Acetaminophen at once is a large dose and you shouldn't take more than 3000 mg total per day on a regular basis. It's good to combine tylenol (acetaminophen) wth advil for an additive analgesic effect since they work through different mechanisms. ...Read more

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Which is better for a hangover: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Which is better for a hangover: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Neither one.: Acetaminophen is not good for a hangover b/c it can be toxic in high doses to the liver which may already be impaired after metabolizing alcohol. Ibuprofen is less injurious to the liver but increases the risk of GI bleeding which goes up after drinking alcohol. The best treatment would be to rest & drink plenty of fluids including water and electrolyte sport drinks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to combine ibuprofen and acetaminophen regularly?

Is it safe to combine ibuprofen and acetaminophen regularly?

It should be safe.: Ibuprofen and acetaminophen have very little interaction with each other. If you are taking them for pain relief after surgery or an injury, it may be more effective to alternate them 3 hours apart. However, ibuprofen should be taken with caution if you have kidney issues. The same goes for acetaminophen if you have any liver problems. ...Read more

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