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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 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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I use to have bad period cramps as a teen. Now I get bad cramps in some cycles&the pain is 1 day, advil works for me. Should I test for Endometriosis?

I use to have bad period cramps as a teen. Now I get bad cramps in some cycles&the pain is 1 day, advil works for me. Should I test for Endometriosis?

Low risk: Usually cramping and pain from endometriosis increases with time, starts before menses start and persists for several days, and may also involve pain with urination and stooling. If you have not having cramping every cycle and are getting relief with Advil, it is unlikely that you have endometriosis. ...Read more

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I took 16 Aleve (naproxen) pills & 14 Advil pills within a 10 hour period. This was 24 hours ago & today all I had was a stomachache. Am I ok by this time?

I took 16 Aleve (naproxen) pills & 14 Advil pills within a 10 hour period. This was 24 hours ago & today all I had was a stomachache. Am I ok by this time?

Probably: You most likely caused extensive gastro, intestinal irritation or perhaps an ulcer. Don't know your age, but if older than 60 might have caused some kidney damage., blood tests, and stool, for blood testing will tell this. You did not say why you took these meds, but if you were trying to harm yourself, you will need mental health help, as well to, avoid any repeat episodes. ...Read more

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Period cramps are very bad &I take 600 mg of gel Advil (ibuprofen) to stop pain for a while and then another 600mg bc it is so unbearable such heavy pain. Normal?

Period cramps are very bad &I take 600 mg of gel Advil (ibuprofen) to stop pain for a while and then another 600mg bc it is so unbearable such heavy pain. Normal?

Can be helped: Yes period cramps can be debilitating for some women, however, it is not necessary to consider these as normal. Contact your GYN for a work up and discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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The left side of my head has been hurting for days. I take Advil (ibuprofen) to stop the hurting?

The left side of my head has been hurting for days. I take Advil (ibuprofen) to stop the hurting?

Chronic Headaches: Constant headaches should always be evaluated asap as there could be an underlying medical condition causing the pain. Factors involved in headaches include stress, physical trauma, sleep disorders, and previous history of headaches but headaches are not common to start at your age; call your doctor. ...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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I take Advil (ibuprofen) for pain but I'm trying to conceive will that stop me? I heard tyenol is better to take will tyenol stop conception as well? Pls help!

I take Advil (ibuprofen) for pain but I'm trying to conceive will that stop me? I heard tyenol is better to take will tyenol stop conception as well? Pls help!

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safer: I advise all my patients who are pregnant or trying to conceive to stop ibuprofen. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a better option. I also advised avoiding aspirin unless you have a history of poor pregnancy outcomes such as severe hypertension. Try to stay hydrated and find other ways to cope with pain such as surrounding yourself with positive influences. ...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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I started taking ibuprofen for arthritis. Now my feet, ankles are swollen. How long will it take for the swelling to go down after I stop the advil?

I started taking ibuprofen for arthritis. Now my feet, ankles are swollen. How long will it take for the swelling to go down after I stop the advil?

Varies: It varies quite a bit, you certainly did the right thing stopping it. If it does not get better with 24-48 hours, or get worse at any point, or if it associated with other symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, you should be seen immediately, even if it means going to the ER. There are other potential causes which can be very serious. Hope you start feeling better! ...Read more

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I have a menstrual migraine that will not stop hurting, have taken advil (ibuprofen). Have some oxycodone left from my gallbladder. Can I take one? I'm hurting.

I have a menstrual migraine that will not stop hurting, have taken advil (ibuprofen). Have some oxycodone left from my gallbladder. Can I take one? I'm hurting.

NO!: Oxycodone is a potent narcotic with serious side effects, especially when used with alcohol or other sedatives. It is not advisable to take any narcotic for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Make sure you have taken the right dose of advil, (ibuprofen) see your doctor if the pain persists, and get rid of the oxycodone pills or keep it out of view. ...Read more

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What if I take 5-6 Advil (ibuprofen) extra strength in a 24hr period. What would happen?

What if I take 5-6 Advil (ibuprofen) extra strength in a 24hr period. What would happen?

Depends on eating: Depends on what you eat. Its certainly a good idea not to have sugar drinks in your diet, however, if you calorie intake from diet is in excess of your daily needs, you may not lose weight at all. Address your calorie needs as well as your fluid requirements and keep active. Activity also helps with weight loss. ...Read more

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Does Advil (ibuprofen) slow down your period flow? My dr told me to take it every 4-6 hours durning my period. But one dr on here said to take as lil as possible

Does Advil (ibuprofen) slow down your period flow? My dr told me to take it every 4-6 hours durning my period. But one dr on here said to take as lil as possible

Ibuprofen: Advil (ibuprofen) is used primarily to reduce premenstral cramps. Itmay ormay not increase menstral flow. Abuse of Ibuprofen can cause serious side effects such asintestinal bleeding orkidney and urinary bleeding. ...Read more

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My dr told me to take 800mg of Advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours for my period starting the day before it starts through the whole period seems like a lot? Harmful?

My dr told me to take 800mg of Advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours for my period starting the day before it starts through the whole period seems like a lot? Harmful?

Prescription: Max of advil (ibuprofen) is 800mg every 8 hours. I agree with starting 1-2 days prior to the period and continuing til the cramps stop. Soaking in a hot tub helps too. ...Read more

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Server period cramps, can I take Advil (ibuprofen) 500g to make it better?

Yes: Ibuprofen, which is the common name for advil, (ibuprofen) is a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medicine. It can definitely help with cramps during a period. As long as you are not allergic to Ibuprofen (advil) or are pregnant, it is generally safe to take (read the label too). Women can take 600mg every 8 hours for cramps. ...Read more

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I took high doses of Advil (ibuprofen) for about 5 days to stop my period. I've stopped taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a couple days now, but my period isn't coming back.

I took high doses of Advil (ibuprofen) for about 5 days to stop my period. I've stopped taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a couple days now, but my period isn't coming back.

Okay: Advil, (ibuprofen) to my knowledge, has never stopped a period, though it can lessen bleeding by up to 30%. I think your period is just over and won't return for another cycle. I'm glad you found relief using advil (ibuprofen). It's the best NSAID to take for cramping and period pain. ...Read more

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To function during my period I have to take 4 to 6 Advil (ibuprofen) every 4 hours for cramps. What other solutions are there.?

To function during my period I have to take 4 to 6 Advil (ibuprofen) every 4 hours for cramps. What other solutions are there.?

Birth Control Pills: The inside lining of your uterus grows in response to female hormones, and sloughs during a period releasing prostaglandin hormones. They make your muscular uterine walls contract.

Drugs like Ibuprofen (max. 2400 mg/day) block production & reduce pain; best taken @ earliest onset of cramps. Also birth control pills reduce growth of the lining, hence lessen cramps too. Heating pad on tummy too. ...Read more

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I'm on my period and I have cramps. But I also have tonsilitis. Can I take my period pills with Advil (ibuprofen) together?

Tonsil pain: It depends on what you are taking for the period pills. If they are a no steroidal antiinflammatory pill like naprosyn (naproxen) them know. Google the pill you are taking for the period and make sure it is not an NSAID. You do not want to double up on the NSAIDs. Good luck! ...Read more

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Everytime im on my period I get terrible headaches and I tend to throw up. Advil (ibuprofen) and pain killer don't seem to work. What could I do to help stop this?

OCPs vs. Migraine tx: Oral contraception unless contraindicated may be an option, unless you have migraines that are flared up by periods or so called menstrual migraine. In that case, oral contaceptives (ocps) are contraindicated and migraine medications such as triptans (imitrex/zomig etc.) may be tried. Your doc should be able to help you with that, so don't delay a visit. ...Read more

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I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

Many options: You could schedule a visit with an Obgyn and discuss all the options for painful periods. You could consider birth control pills, patch, Nuvaring, Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD, Depoprovera, Lysteda. If you are doing having children you could consider an endometrial ablation or other surgical options. ...Read more

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