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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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Which is better for menstrual cramps: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Which is better for menstrual cramps: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Ibuprofen might be: More effective. NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for PMS / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can v pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take acetaminophen and ibuprofen at the same time to combat period cramps?

Is it safe to take acetaminophen and ibuprofen at the same time to combat period cramps?

Yes: Nsaids (ibuprofen, advil etc) are felt to be more effective since they inhibit the production of the chemical that makes the uterus cramp. If you have pain that is not controlled by an NSAID at the recommended dose you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) also (at recommended dose). If your pain is not controlled with this, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?

I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?

Try OCPs: Start taking oral contraceptive pills not for birth control, but for period control. You may have better luck with prescription anaprox (naproxen) ds. Another option would be to start Depo Provera injections every 3 months - most women stop having periods altogether. In your case, if you are not having periods, you will not be having severe menstrual pain. ...Read more

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Took 2 Aleve & hr later took 3 Advil & 3 tylenol (acetaminophen) for cramps for period was start next day. Pregnant & worried I did something to harm the baby.?

Took 2 Aleve & hr later took 3 Advil & 3 tylenol (acetaminophen) for cramps for period was start next day. Pregnant & worried I did something to harm the baby.?

U question was: Not quite clear. But the amount of medication u took was rather excessive. Discuss with u physician what u need to do and how much u can take and do not exceed that. ...Read more

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I have bad menstrual cramps and IC pain. I can't take Motrin or Tramadol. Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help. Don't like Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine. What else can I try?

I have bad menstrual cramps and IC pain. I can't take Motrin or Tramadol. Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help. Don't like Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine. What else can I try?

Menses IC: There are several short and long term treatments for IC, some require an in office procedure to instill these in your bladder, another is in a pill form, all require an evaluation from a specialist, either an OB/GYN or Urologist. Oral contraceptives can reduce menstrual cramping to minimal levels, and there are new procedures that can be performed to reduce menstrual cramping by up to 70%. ...Read more

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Had a bilateral mastectomy weeks ago. I sleep on my back and get leg and foot cramps. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil haven't helped. Other options?

Had a bilateral mastectomy weeks ago. I sleep on my back and get leg and foot cramps. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil haven't helped. Other options?

See your doctor: Many causes -answer depends on your medication history first since many cross reactions and then physical examine - dvt-venous blood clots or arterial sclerosis made worse? Are the worse I can think of. But usually not. Usually temporary -- potassium or magnesium imbalance possible - therefore need you in person to suggest those blood tests therefore see your surgeon or md. ...Read more

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My doctor said I'm not supposed to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin because of my recent IBS like symptoms. I'm having horrible period cramps. What can I take?

Ibs and cramps: Irritable bowel is usually treated with high fiber diet and lots of liquids. Not sure why your doctor said no to tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin unless he gave you some other med for pain which might interact with the OTC pain meds. I would have to disagree with your doctor on that one and advise you to take an anti inflammatory drug like Motrin (but always with food to prevent an ulcer or upset stomach) ...Read more

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Severe mensteaul cramps can barely standup straightX2Days Tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) Motrin Naproxen and heat & hot bath 0 relief help not sure what else do do?

Severe mensteaul cramps can barely standup straightX2Days Tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) Motrin Naproxen and heat & hot bath 0 relief help not sure what else do do?

Options: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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I had terrible cramps last night I took 500mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) at 4AM & 11AM. I took ibuprofen at 4PM then 8AM. The dosage was 400 each. Is this an overdose?

I had terrible cramps last night I took 500mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) at 4AM & 11AM. I took ibuprofen at 4PM then 8AM. The dosage was 400 each. Is this an overdose?

Dosing: No it is not excessive ;acetaminophen I usually advise less than 3000 mg in 24 hours with normal liver function and ibuprofen less than 2400 mg in 24 hours in those without hypertension and normal renal function ...Read more

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Instead of using ibuprofen for period cramps can I use magnesium and tylenol (acetaminophen) and get a similar effect?

Instead of using ibuprofen for period cramps can I use magnesium and tylenol (acetaminophen) and get a similar effect?

Unlikely to help: Ibuprofen has a direct effect on the chemicals releases during period cramps. It acts at the source to shut them down as much as possible. Tylenol (acetaminophen) has no similar action. The magnesium may give you comfort but may also give you the squirts. Try if you wish, but I see little chance it would help. ...Read more

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I get the worst most painful cramps during my period. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen and heat don't help at all. Is there anything else that might help?

I get the worst most painful cramps during my period. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen and heat don't help at all. Is there anything else that might help?

Magnesium / hormones: Magnesium is a great muscle relaxer and can help with menstrual cramps. Try taking magnesium glycinate 200 - 300 mg orally 3x/d as soon as the menstrual cramps start. You can also take a warm bath and add 1 - 2 cups of Epsom Salts to the bath water and soak for 30 min to 1 hr.

Ask your pharmacist which doctors are using real progesterone to treat menstrual problems and call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Can I take the normal dose of ibuprofen and tylenol (acetaminophen) severe cold relief together at the same time? I have cold, but also have cramps from my period.

Can I take the normal dose of ibuprofen and tylenol (acetaminophen) severe cold relief together at the same time? I have cold, but also have cramps from my period.

Yes, but...: ..There's no need to add Acetaminophen to the ibuprofen, but there's no real harm. A better combination would be the Ibuprofen and decongestant/cough suppressant compound. Ask your pharmacist. You could also take the Ibuprofen by itself and supplement with a cold compound that doesn't have a pain/fever reliever. Again, ask you pharmacist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and menstral cramps. I am in horrible pain. Can I take 800mg of ibuprofen and 1000mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) together?

I have a kidney stone and menstral cramps. I am in horrible pain. Can I take 800mg of ibuprofen and 1000mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) together?

No: If the pain is so bad, you may wish to visit emergency room of a hospital. Take only one of the medications you mentioned, not both, and if that does not help, it would be prudent to seek medical care. ...Read more

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My friend 24 was unable to sleep last night w/ menstrual cramps. Can take tylenol (acetaminophen) but not ibuprofen & allergic to red dye, what are alternatives?

My friend 24 was unable to sleep last night w/ menstrual cramps. Can take tylenol (acetaminophen) but not ibuprofen & allergic to red dye, what are alternatives?

Hard to know: Depends on the nature of the ibuprofen allergy. Are all NSAIDs "off the table"? Sometimes, if really just a hypersensitivity to normal pharmacological side effects (which can include hives in the case of nsaids), then co-management of the side effects is possible if nsaids are needed. If ibuprofen specific allergy, then naproxen may be tolerated (otc). Also, tylenol (acetaminophen) without red dye is available. ...Read more

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Can I take ibuprofen 600mg and acetaminophen hydrocodone 325mg at the same time?

Can I take ibuprofen 600mg and acetaminophen hydrocodone 325mg at the same time?

Ibuprofen + Tylenol (acetaminophen): Take Ibuprofen 600 milligrams every 8 hours and alternate with Tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg. You may alternate the two medications for moderate to severe pain by taking ibuprofen, then taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) three hours later. Keep that rotation going as needed. ...Read more

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Can I take 1 Advil (ibuprofen 200mg) and 2 alka seltzer plus (acetaminophen 325mg each) together?

Not recommended: Because Ibuprofen decreases effects of alka-seltzer, increase potassium levels in the blood and alka-seltzer will increase the level or effect of ibuprofen.
Not recommended!
see a pcp for more information. ...Read more

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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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Should I use acetaminophen and ibuprofen together in a child to reduce fever?

Should I use acetaminophen and ibuprofen together in a child to reduce fever?

You can - but why?: Fever is a generally beneficial response to infection and helps to fight the infection. The only reasons to reduce fever are that the individual is patently uncomfortable, or that their heart or lungs cannot tolerate it, or that the fever has reached heights in a child which place them at risk of seizures (>105). You can use tepid washcloth baths, low dose pediatric tylenol, (acetaminophen) etc., . ...Read more

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Should I take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for menstrual pain?

Should I take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for menstrual pain?

Depends on you: Whichever works better for you. Many women prefer Ibuprofen for menstrual pains, so would recommend you start with that. ...Read more

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How to calculate the drug dose of ibuprofen and acetaminophen for 2 years old children? (I am a pharmacist)

Well: Acetaminophen is 25mg/ok every 4 hr and Ibuprofen is 10 mg/kg every8 hr. Thanks for asking. For non pharmacists a pound is 2.2 kg. That means that a 22 pound child is 10 kg. ...Read more

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My daughter has 104, 03 of fever. I gave her ibuprofen and acetaminophen but it doesn't drop. Should I take her to the emergency room?

My daughter has 104, 03 of fever. I gave her ibuprofen and acetaminophen but it doesn't drop. Should I take her to the emergency room?

Wait a few minutes: If you are sure you are giving an appropriate dose based on her weight, (not age) of the two different meds, and you have waited a full 45-60 minutes and the temperature does not go below 103 after the med, then you may want to consider it. While 104 is quite high, it's not deadly, but does need evaluation within 24 hours. I would recommend you see her regular doctor tomorrow - and lots of fluid. ...Read more

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Is it True that you can't take Ibuprofen while on Zoloft (sertraline)? I only take it when I have a cold. Can I take it? I don't have acetaminophen. Any dangers?

Is it True that you can't take Ibuprofen while on Zoloft (sertraline)? I only take it when I have a cold. Can I take it? I don't have acetaminophen. Any dangers?

Possible interaction: Although there is a possible interaction that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be used together. 'Using sertraline together with ibuprofen may increase the risk of bleeding. The interaction may be more likely if you are elderly or have kidney or liver disease.' (http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1310-0, 2057-1348) ...Read more

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