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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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How long does it take to get Advil (ibuprofen) out of your body?

How long does it take to get Advil (ibuprofen) out of your body?

1 day on average: Assuming normal kidney and liver function, no significant drug interaction, and used in normal dosages, it takes about a day for the medication to clear the body. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of facial nerve inflammation? I use ice and as needed Advil (ibuprofen) but it keeps coming and going so I can't predict results.

How long does it take to get rid of facial nerve inflammation? I use ice and as needed Advil (ibuprofen) but it keeps coming and going so I can't predict results.

Facial Nerve: Do you have Bell's Palsy and facial drooping? Facial Nerve is mostly motor so what makes you think you have "Facial Nerve inflammation" and not Trigeminal nerve or sensory facial neuropathy? Why do you have this? Could it be dental or sinus related pain? Need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get aleve (naproxen) out of my system, I think the salt in it is causing edema. I'm taking advil right now instead. Stopped taking it sat?

How long does it take to get aleve (naproxen) out of my system, I think the salt in it is causing edema. I'm taking advil right now instead. Stopped taking it sat?

Naproxen sodium: After three days, naproxen should be out of your system. Some NSAIDs can cause edema. Restrict your salt intake, especially processed foods for the next few days and see your doctor if edema isn't getting better. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after taking an Advil PM, to take ibuprofen?

How long should I wait after taking an Advil PM, to take ibuprofen?

Advil=Ibuprofen.: Being they're essentially one in the same, you'd want to separate them by at least six hours. ...Read more

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I had a small drink about 4 hours ago how long do I have to wait to take advil (ibuprofen)?

I had a small drink about 4 hours ago how long do I have to wait to take advil (ibuprofen)?

OK now.: Unless you have significant underlying liver disease or are a big drinker you are fine with a single drink and a reasonable dose of acetaminophen. ...Read more

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Take 2 Advil (ibuprofen) every six hours and it doesn't work. How do I relieve my toothache?

Take 2 Advil (ibuprofen) every six hours and it doesn't work. How do I relieve my toothache?

See a dentist: Its important to identify the actual cause of the pain. Generally, Ibuprofen is an excellent over the counter pain killer for tooth pain. If you have a swelling of any kind you should seek professional attention right away. If home remedies and over the counter drugs don't work, you need to see a dentist to determine the cause and provide options for tx. This will address the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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My friend overdosed on Advil (ibuprofen) I need to know the side effects and how long it will take to get better?

My friend overdosed on Advil (ibuprofen) I need to know the side effects and how long it will take to get better?

Advil (ibuprofen) Overdose sx's: May include: headache, disorientation, mental status changes, hallucinations, ringing in ears, blurred vision, agitation, confusion, drowsiness, fainting, dizziness, seizures, coma, tremor, sweating, insomnia. GI Sx's - abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, loose stools or gastrointestinal bleeding. Minimal to no urine, rapid, slow or lack of breathing & irregular or slow heart rate.Can be fatal ...Read more

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How fast is celebrex (celecoxib) works? For acute pain, is it better to take celebrex (celecoxib) vs. Advil vs. Motrin?

How fast is celebrex (celecoxib) works? For acute pain, is it better to take celebrex (celecoxib) vs. Advil vs. Motrin?

Stick with cheap: Stick with advil or aleve. The over-the-counter forms are cheap. Celebrex (celecoxib) is prescription only and very expensive. They all have similar effectiveness. ...Read more

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I have chronic migraines, and think I might also be having rebound has from advil (ibuprofen). If I stop taking it, how long should it take for the has to go away?

I have chronic migraines, and think I might also be having rebound has from advil (ibuprofen). If I stop taking it, how long should it take for the has to go away?

May not work: You likely have chronic daily headache patterns, and could well be prompted by your advil (ibuprofen) usage, which is not uncommon, but your Fioricet will make this even worse, and Amitriptyline will be unlikely to break up this headache pattern. In short, see a neurologist who specializes in headaches, and get your med program totally revamped. Might also check in with dentist re teeth and/or jaw issues. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to take nyquil cold which has acetominaphen after taking 1 advil (ibuprofen)?

How long do I have to wait to take nyquil cold which has acetominaphen after taking 1 advil (ibuprofen)?

You don't: Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are in different classes / families of medicines, so you can take them together if desired. ...Read more

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How long can a person safely take Advil, a 200 mg dosage daily? Does switching to aspirin make a difference, or do they both harm the body same?

How long can a person safely take Advil, a 200 mg dosage daily? Does switching to aspirin make a difference, or do they both harm the body same?

Why do you need to: Take this medication daily. If you are in pain all the time, you need to consult a doctor to find out why and address the underlying cause. No medication is entirely safe and taking any medication daily for a long time will have adverse side effects.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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 low back feels really bad right now. Been 5 days. When I stand for too long it hurts. I can't bend forward fully. Dr told me to take advil (ibuprofen).

My low back feels really bad right now. Been 5 days. When I stand for too long it hurts. I can't bend forward fully. Dr told me to take advil (ibuprofen).

See comments + below: Most people suffer low back pain on occasion. Most cases of low back pain subside on their own or with the help of OTC analgesics. See a physician if: very severe pain or no improvement in several weeks; if history of trauma; if muscular weakness in one or both legs; if new bowel or bladder incontinence; if history of cancer; if numbness or tingling in legs or buttocks; if fever or IV drug abuse ...Read more

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I have been suffering from sleeplessness. For about 2 months I've taken Advil (ibuprofen) PM at night and it works. When I don't take it I'm now up all night.

I have been suffering from sleeplessness. For about 2 months I've taken Advil (ibuprofen) PM at night and it works. When I don't take it I'm now up all night.

Unusual!: Advil (ibuprofen) is a pain pill and should not have an effect on sleeping unless the insomnia is related to pain or through placebo effect Find out why you have the insomnia?! ...Read more

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I been taking advil (ibuprofen).pm for a long time now to sleep. I take 8 at night the 2 more next hour. I want to quit how can I should I make a.docotrs. Appt?

I been taking advil (ibuprofen).pm for a long time now to sleep. I take 8 at night the 2 more next hour. I want to quit how can I should I make a.docotrs. Appt?

Not usual addiction: You need to lower the dose to NO MORE THAN 4 in an 8 hour period--NOW. The excess in 'sleep' agent at higher doses can cause symptoms that keep you awake. Hi dose ibuprofen can permanently damage kidneys and tax liver. After a couple nights, lower dose again to two tablets (like instructions say). Should see a Dr--if insured, can call # on back of card to get names accepting new pts near you. ...Read more

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I have had a headach four 7 days on my left side of my head right behind my eye. It starts right when I wack up and it gets hurting more every hour in tell I take 4 Advil and lay down and put ice on it for hours and then that does not work all the time.

I have had a headach four 7 days on my left side of my head right behind my eye. It starts right when I wack up and it gets hurting more every hour in tell I take 4 Advil and lay down and put ice on it for hours and then that does not work all the time.

First: First of all vodka and advil (ibuprofen) is a dangerous combination. This could adversely affect your liver and could cause liver damage and possibly failure which could be lethal. The maximum amount of advil (ibuprofen) is 3200mg/day and no more than 800mg every 6 hours. An over the counter advil (ibuprofen) tab is 200mg. As far as your headache goes, if it has been present for 7 days then this definitely warrants a medical evaluation. It sounds like a cluster headache. Your doctor will be able to tell you what their diagnosis is after a complete evaluation and give you appropriate treatment.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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How long am I suppose to wait to take Aleve (naproxen) after taking advil?

How long am I suppose to wait to take Aleve (naproxen) after taking advil?

Why mix them?: These drugs are good for 4 to 6 hours...So one can repeat them in as short as 4 hours, an average of 6 hours or it may help for as long as 8 hours. But I would not mix them unless the first one has been used in full dosages and is not working wel.. ...Read more

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Can Advil (ibuprofen) pm cause insomnia if you take it too long and use high doses?

No: Insomnia is not its known side effect, although the'pm"part is benadryl (diphenhydramine)... Which can sometimes cause an opposite reaction (excitation instead of sedation). You can check this out by taking the regular advil (not the pm-kind). ...Read more

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I take pain pills such as Midol, advil, moltrin, ibporfen e.t.c whenever I have pain will this affect my liver in the long run?

I take pain pills such as Midol, advil, moltrin, ibporfen e.t.c whenever I have pain will this affect my liver in the long run?

Possible yes.: Better question is why do you take those pills? I am 62 yrs old and I never took pills. Change your lifestyle and practice healthy life style and find the truth to set you free. You are very special and remember that our bodies are Temple of Holy Spirit and our bodies should be beautiful and free of pain. This is your test, big teat to find that way to be healthy! Good luck and God Bless. Dr N ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 800 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) (600 plain advil (ibuprofen) and 1 200 advil (ibuprofen) pm) nightly? It's about the only thing works for my insomnia!

Is it ok to take 800 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) (600 plain advil (ibuprofen) and 1 200 advil (ibuprofen) pm) nightly? It's about the only thing works for my insomnia!

Be careful: Usually it is the diphenhydramine in the Advil PM that helps sleep. Unless you also have pain that is keeping you up, you don‘t need the ibuprofen/advil part of it. You could develop tolerance where the diphenhydramine can quit working if you take daily. It is also considered a potentially unsafe medication because of your age. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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So if I have taken 105 Advil (ibuprofen) in the last 18 days how long will that take to damage my kidneys or liver?

So if I have taken 105 Advil (ibuprofen) in the last 18 days how long will that take to damage my kidneys or liver?

Different: Everyone is different. Cant tell you how long- that is 5 a day on average for the last 18 days. I think it is time to look into the cause of pain, instead of just taking advil (ibuprofen). Please contact your doctor and investigate the cause of pain ...Read more

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I'm creating a PSA for school on suicide., and im wondering how long it would take if someone overdosed on ADVIL (ibuprofen)?

I'm creating a PSA for school on suicide., and im wondering how long it would take if someone overdosed on ADVIL (ibuprofen)?

Best approach?: Most ibuprofen overdoses won't kill. Please tell them that 99% of would-be youngster suicides are VERY happy, one year later, that they failed. Educating them about the unreliability and the likelihood (depending on method) of major brain damage instead is part of the story; reminding them you can help with horrible life situations is even more helpful. ...Read more

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How long should a senior adult take Advil (ibuprofen) pm at night? This is for back pain and trouble adjusting to wearing a vpap machine?

How long should a senior adult take Advil (ibuprofen) pm at night? This is for back pain and trouble adjusting to wearing a vpap machine?

Not long: Both Ibuprofen (advil) & Diphenhydramine (the pm part of advil) can lead to adverse side effects in elderly. This question is best answered by a physician who knows the patient. While many do take & tolerate diphenhydramine, it can cause anti-cholinergic side effects. Also, not recommended since can cause delirium, especially in setting of a new CPAP machine & do to drug-drug interaction. ...Read more

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I took 1 Excedrin migrane at 10 am and the second ezcedrin migrane at 11pm. How long do I have to wait to take an advil (ibuprofen). I have a really bad migrane?

I took 1 Excedrin migrane at 10 am and the second ezcedrin migrane at 11pm. How long do I have to wait to take an advil (ibuprofen). I have a really bad migrane?

Seek medical help: If treatment with excedrin is not successful and the headaches is still refractory, you should seek medical assistance. For these attacks, an abortive medication such as Dihydroergotamine (dhe), sumatriptan (imitrex) or one of the newer triptan medications is often prescribed. ...Read more

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Is Advil (ibuprofen) safe to take if I have a prolonged QT interval? How much is safe daily?

Is Advil (ibuprofen) safe to take if I have a prolonged QT interval? How much is safe daily?

Ibuprofen: It usually does not cause QT prolongation and maximum dose varies with individual but for average 70 kg person up to 2400 mg would be okay in a day if you don't have other medical problems. ...Read more

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