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I have plantar fasciitis, I'm icing and stretching. How much ibuprofen can I take to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits? How long should I take it?

I have plantar fasciitis, I'm icing and stretching. How much ibuprofen can I take to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits? How long should I take it?

At least 2-3 weeks!: The recommended dose, till age 65 is 3200 mg a day (800 x 4/day). I generally tell my patients to take 2-3 tabs of 200 mg x 4 times a day, increasing or decreasing as the level of response to it, but should take it regularly 4 times a day (even 200 mg 4 times a day) is better than twice a day dose.
If no response to it, try aleve (naproxen) or get your pcp to give you something else.
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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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Should I worry that ALP is 127 with normal being 39-117? I take anti- inflammatory meds (Advil, Naproxen, Meloxicam) for knees that swell/pain.

Should I worry that ALP is 127 with normal being 39-117? I take anti- inflammatory meds (Advil, Naproxen, Meloxicam) for knees that swell/pain.

May need followup: Alkaline phosphatase can be of both bony and liver origin, so your doctor may do follow-up. NSAIDS have been studied for effect on ALP and found not to be associated. Your underlying disorder might be. ...Read more

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Can u use an anti- inflammatory (NSAIDs) throat spray along with ibuprofens tablets?

Can u use an anti- inflammatory (NSAIDs) throat spray along with ibuprofens tablets?

One or the other: It`s unnecessary and not advisable. Oral NASAIDS get into most tissues-local sprays are local but with some small systemic absorption. Don`t do both. ...Read more

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Is aspirin an effective anti-inflammatory or should one use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil for a sprained knee?

Is aspirin an effective anti-inflammatory or should one use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil for a sprained knee?

You know your body: There is no one best medication for everybody. You should always stay within the recommended dosage on the packaging and discontinue it if you have side effects. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory, but it may control your pain. If your symptoms are not improving, you should be evaluated. All of those medications may have side effects with prolonged use. ...Read more

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Can I take anti-inflammatory drugs while breastfeeding?

Can I take anti-inflammatory drugs while breastfeeding?

Yes but: Yes, but certain ones are safer than others. Ask your ob. Ibuprofen is the safest of the nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). ...Read more

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Which is the best anti-inflammatory pill that I should take for knee swelling?

Which is the best anti-inflammatory pill that I should take for knee swelling?

Best is what works: There is no such thing as a best anti-inflammatory medication as they are all fairly equal in effectiveness. Best is whatever works and doesn't cause side effects. Consult with your doctor so that he or she can take into account your specific medical history when recommending a medication. ...Read more

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I take mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg daily but was instructed to take another anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks to help with plantar fasciitis. What would be the best OTC?

I take mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg daily but was instructed to take another anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks to help with plantar fasciitis. What would be the best OTC?

DO NOT COMBINE: I do not feel you should use two NSAID's together. If the Mobic (meloxicam) isn't working, discontinue that one before you start a second. NSAID's are not harmless drugs. ...Read more

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How long could I take the max dose of Aleve (naproxen) for maximal anti-inflammatory effectiveness. 1100mg per day, OTC 3 tabs q12hs?

How long could I take the max dose of Aleve (naproxen) for maximal anti-inflammatory effectiveness. 1100mg per day, OTC 3 tabs q12hs?

Several weeks: You don't need the max dose to get the max effect.
If used to relieve symptoms of arthritis 2 tab bid time contingent or around the clock. You also get the analgesic benefit for mild to moderate pain. Take in consideration that you may experience serious side effects during treatment with this medicine. Make sure that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. ...Read more

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I had a CRP lab test done. One of my medications I take is an anti inflammatory (Meloxicam). My question is, will the Meloxicam affect the results?

Unlikely: CRP as a test has limited value. Why did you do this test in the first place??? . Your doctor who ordered this test can advise you better. ...Read more

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I have a back problem l5.lately at night I get so stuff it hurts to move my legs. What can I do? I take anti-inflammatory I went PT and I do exercises

I have a back problem l5.lately at night I get so stuff it hurts to move my legs. What can I do? I take anti-inflammatory I went PT and I do exercises

You could have--: -spinal stenosis. A sign is that the distance you walk at 1 time gets shorter as the years go by, and you find you have to rest a while due to leg pain, and then get going again. I would see a fellowship trained spine surgeon. I prefer ortho, but I am prejudice. Also do well with neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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How many days should I take my anti-inflammatory eyedrops "lotemax"?

How many days should I take my anti-inflammatory eyedrops "lotemax"?

Package directions: Directions for dosage should be clearly marked on prescription package. Are the drops for an eye problem, or did you have eye surgery? Usual dose is 1 - 2 drops four times a day. Contact the prescribing doc for how long you should use them. ...Read more

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I take an anti inflammatory (mobic). Can this alter my ESR levels, and if so how long will it take to get out of my system?

I take an anti inflammatory (mobic). Can this alter my ESR levels, and if so how long will it take to get out of my system?

Yes. A few days.: Mobic (meloxicam) may actually reduce your ESR as it reduces inflammation. Mobic (meloxicam) is a once a day drug which generally means it is clear from your system within a matter of days. ...Read more

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I have bursitis extremely badin my left shoulder. The pain is excrutiating. What is the strongest anti inflammatory I can take for the pain?

Varies: It varies a little bit, medications can affect people differently. Among the strongest prescription antiinflammatroies is. Medication known as toradol, which is available in pills or injection. With nonprescription antiinflammataories, it vries a lot. Many people like naprosyn (naproxen) or Ibuprofen products as well as any others. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has severe back pain and takes anti inflammatory pills. A couple mo ago he had shots in his lower back. Nothing helps. What can we do now?

My boyfriend has severe back pain and takes anti inflammatory pills. A couple mo ago he had shots in his lower back. Nothing helps. What can we do now?

See spine specialist: It is time to see a specialist who treats spine conditions. A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation can perform a comprehensive evaluation, review imaging studies and help determine the most likely cause of the pain. They can then recommend the most effective treatments for his problem. ...Read more

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Is hydrocodone an anti-inflammatory in addition to pain reliever? Can I take it if I'm allergic to tramadol?

No and most likely: Hydrocodone is a narcotic without anti- inflammatory properties. There should be no problem with an allergic reaction, although the drugs do share simmilar side effect profiles. ...Read more

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Was told I have ganglion cyst on elbow and to take anti inflammatory meds. To me, that is a temporary solution. My elbow swells and pain in arm...?

Bursitis. See a doc: You have what we call bursitis.

you could see your doctor, for aspiration and treatment they usually keep coming back.
you might see a surgeon for possible surgery to have it removed.
it is an inflammation caused the fluid to leak outside the joint, anti inflammatory medication could slow down the process.
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I got diagnosed with epididymitis and my doctor only told me to take anti inflammatory drugs 3 times a day for 3 days. Why did I not receive antibioti?

I got diagnosed with epididymitis and my doctor only told me to take anti inflammatory drugs 3 times a day for 3 days. Why did I not receive antibioti?

Viral/noninfectious: Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. If your doc suspects that the trouble you have is either viral or trauma-related epididymitis, then no antibiotic is needed and anti-inflammatory medication is all that is needed. If symptoms not better or worsens with treatment, I would suggest contacting doc again for re-evaluation/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had tingling in my left hand/wrist for 6 days now. I went to the dr. Monday and was told to take an anti inflammatory med. Nothing has changed.?

I have had tingling in my left hand/wrist for 6 days now. I went to the dr. Monday and was told to take an anti inflammatory med. Nothing has changed.?

Carpal tunnel syndro: Sound like you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Antiinflamatories do not help as this is not an inflammatory problem. You need to see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have had tingling in my left hand/wrist for 6 days now. I went to the dr. Monday and was told to take an anti inflammatory med. Nothing has changed.?

I have had tingling in my left hand/wrist for 6 days now. I went to the dr. Monday and was told to take an anti inflammatory med. Nothing has changed.?

Be patient: Anti-inflammatories are a good starting point for treatment of your symptoms. It may take several days or weeks before you notice any change in your symptoms. Try to eliminate activities that make your symptoms worse. If there are no improvements after a few weeks, see a board certified orthopaedic hand specialist. ...Read more

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I'm taking a new anti-inflammatory (relafen (nabumetone) 4 days). If it makes my gut hurt is it better to switch again or take something like Prilosec with it?

I'm taking a new anti-inflammatory (relafen (nabumetone) 4 days). If it makes my gut hurt is it better to switch again or take something like Prilosec with it?

Not unusual: If you are having stomach pain after just 4 days, you need to stop this anti-inflammatory med immediately. You need to see a dr. And find out if a a ppi like Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole) would be indicated. You could be developing an ulcer. Switching to a different med of this type will not be beneficial and probably will be very detrimental. ...Read more

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After drinking wine when is it safe to take an anti inflammatory?

Depends...: You should not mix medication with alcohol. So it is safe to take otc meds after the alcohol is out of your system. ...Read more

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Can I take Diclofenac Sodium to relieve pain from my hemorrhoid. Can it stop from getting worst since it's anti-inflammatory?

Yes you can take it: The anti inflammatory will reduce pain and gives the body time to resorb the clots in the haemoroid. If you are lucky it will be all you need, but you must keep your stools soft. If it is not improving, it is better to see your dr for an evaluation. Sometimes they can drain the clots under local injection in the doctors rooms and proved you with suppositories that will help beter. ...Read more

Antiinflammatory (Definition)

Inflammation is a condition of swelling that may or may not be associated with pain. Anti-inflammatory are medications that block the cause of this condition. Medications include ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib. Steroids (cortisone) are ...Read more


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