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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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I have headaches. How much Advil (ibuprofen) can I take a day?

I have headaches. How much Advil (ibuprofen) can I take a day?

.: If continious headache or severe headache or for a long time consult physician. Usually you can take ibuprofen/advil once every 6 hours. You can also alternate with tylenol/ acetaminophen. (one every 4 hours).

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What do I do about my weekly headaches? Just using Advil (ibuprofen) right now.

What do I do about my weekly headaches? Just using Advil (ibuprofen) right now.

Treatment: If they are occurring weekly, I would give something to prevent them. There are many different medications that I use.

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Everyday headaches when I wake up, and won't go away when I take advil (ibuprofen)?

Everyday headaches when I wake up, and won't go away when I take advil (ibuprofen)?

Need much: More information to give you any ideas about these headaches. Suggest you be evaluated by your doctor and consider sleep disorders such as sleep apnea as a cause.

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I have a serious headache for 3 days. Advil (ibuprofen) does not help. What should I do?

I have a serious headache for 3 days. Advil (ibuprofen) does not help. What should I do?

See your doctor: You should see a doctor for an exam as soon as you can, possibly in the emergency room if it is a serious headache.

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2 x 400mg ibuprofen sometimes elevates my headaches, how frequently can I safely do this?

2 x 400mg ibuprofen sometimes elevates my headaches, how frequently can I safely do this?

Intermittently: It is okay to take Nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs) intermittently but take them particularly with food as they can cause GI/ stomach upsets taken alone. Additionally, 800mg is the maximum you should take at any one time. NSAIDs overuse can also contribute to rebound headaches if persistently used.

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What to do if I have headaches every night and ibuprofen doesn't usually help. What should I do?

What to do if I have headaches every night and ibuprofen doesn't usually help. What should I do?

See a doc: Headache every night is not normal and can be a sign of significant problem. You should have an evaluation ironically, using pain meds more than a few times a week can also cause analgesic withdrawal headache nighttime headaches can signal particularly high cause for concern however, most impt reason to see doc is to make sure nothing serious is wrong.

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I have constant headaches, ibuprofen doesn't what could it be?

I have constant headaches, ibuprofen doesn't what could it be?

Many things: There are many causes of headaches. More information is needed and a detailed medical history is required. Consult your family md.

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I took 1000 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) for severe headache is that ok.

I took 1000 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) for severe headache is that ok.

Commonly used: But better check with your doc. You may need MRA. Ask about it. Although it may not be necessary.

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Why am I getting daily headaches that only goes away with advil (ibuprofen)?

Why am I getting daily headaches that only goes away with advil (ibuprofen)?

See a doc: Daily headache for a month is not normal and can be a sign of significant problem. You should have an evaluation ironically, using pain meds more than a few times a week can also cause analgesic withdrawal headache sometimes your doc will recommend other meds to relieve your headache while you get off the ibuprofen however, most impt reason to see doc is to make sure nothing serious is wrong.

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My last drink was at 9pm, can I take Advil (ibuprofen) for a headache at 5 am?

My last drink was at 9pm, can I take Advil (ibuprofen) for a headache at 5 am?

Depends: If you have been drinking heavily I suggest passing; however, if you only had 1 drink, then it would be OK. I strongly advise not mixing alcohol with NSAIDS.

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After how many days after Colonoscopy I can start taking advil (ibuprofen) for headache?

After how many days after Colonoscopy I can start taking advil (ibuprofen) for headache?

Right away.: Colonoscopy does not preclude taking low doses of meds unless your surgeon is concerned about bleeding from a biopsy site. Please check with them.

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Can I take Ibuprofen with Clarinase? I have a body pain since 2 days ago along with headache.

Can I take Ibuprofen with Clarinase? I have a body pain since 2 days ago along with headache.

Yes: As always, it is good to take the ibuprofen with some food to protect your stomach from side effects. The claritin (loratadine) part of clarinase has minimal side effects. The sudafed part can make some people edgy, heart racing, or cause difficulties with sleep. If you notice that you could use just the plain claritin (loratadine).

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