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

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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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 took ibuprofen for 4 days due to sickness. 2 days after I had insomnia. I've taken one for a headache tonight. How long will the insomnia last?

I took ibuprofen for 4 days due to sickness. 2 days after I had insomnia. I've taken one for a headache tonight. How long will the insomnia last?

Unknown : In general no one can predict how long it's going to last generally situational insomnia lasts days to a week or two. See a primary care doctor for specific diagnosis treatment advice ...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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I have had insomnia for months now .i have tried zolpidem, cold med. Capsules for night time. Trazedone, ibuprofen pm. None seem to work at all any mo?

I have had insomnia for months now .i have tried zolpidem, cold med. Capsules for night time. Trazedone, ibuprofen pm. None seem to work at all any mo?

You need proper exam: The treatment of insomnia is not simply taking a pill to go to sleep. That is not TREATING insomnia. That's trying to make you sleep which may have worked in the beginning. What needs to be addressed are the physical, psychological, metabolic problems which could be causing insomnia and to treat those. See sleep specialist for more specific approach. Be happy to help: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can i take one extra ibuprofen 600mg from instructed twice a day because I have trouble sleeping with the pain?

Can i take one extra ibuprofen 600mg from instructed twice a day because I have trouble sleeping with the pain?

Pain Alternatives: You could also try alternating tylenol (acetaminophen) 650mg with Ibuprofen 600mg, 3 hours between each dose. Sometimes cold or hot packs to the painful area help. Finally, getting enough sleep is important for managing pain. ...Read more

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Taking 600-1000 mg ibuprofen daily, bad tooth. Can't afford the dentist just yet. Can this cause sleepless nights. Great difficulty in this area.

Taking 600-1000 mg ibuprofen daily, bad tooth.  Can't afford the dentist just yet. Can this cause sleepless nights.  Great difficulty in this area.

Seek treatment asap!: Local dental school, hospital based dental residency program, your local and state dental society, religious affiliation, & the following site are some good places to try to find resources for dental care: http://www.Freedentalcare.Us/ things will only get worse without treatment. Try to find a way to work things out. Good luck and feel better. Don't postpone treatment. At least check out options. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take suboxone-- I take 8mg x 2 film once a day in the AM-- and an OTC sleep med-- Advil (ibuprofen) PM, ZzzQuil-- at nite? Having trouble sleeping.

Is it ok to take suboxone-- I take 8mg x 2 film once a day in the AM-- and an OTC sleep med-- Advil (ibuprofen) PM, ZzzQuil-- at nite? Having trouble sleeping.

Generally yes.: In general it is medically acceptable to take suboxone with an OTC sleep med. You should however clear this OTC sleep med with the provider who prescribed the suboxone. This provider should have a pain agreement in place and taking certain medicines without his/her knowledge could violate that agreemeent. Also, although suboxone generally does not interact with OTC sleep meds, other meds could. ...Read more

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Bad shoulder bursitis. Heating pad, ice, ibuprofen or cortisone pills not working. Any exercises to help? Very bad pain, cannot sleep from the pain .

Bad shoulder bursitis. Heating pad, ice, ibuprofen or cortisone pills not working. Any exercises to help?  Very bad pain, cannot sleep from the pain .

Tricky: The shoulder is an incredible joint. However, with injury, we try to stop moving it. Thus, it has a tendency to stiffen up and make movement painful. It is often difficult to judge if it is the injury or the lack of movement that is more painful. Talk to your doctor and therapist and they will direct you to either push through, or rest. ...Read more

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Can 4yr old take prednisolone and ibuprofen at the same time, has fever and also croup, he is haveing have trouble sleeping, is this a side effect?

Can 4yr old take prednisolone and ibuprofen at the same time,  has fever and also croup, he is haveing have trouble sleeping, is this a side effect?

Yes: These two medications can be taken at the same time. Trouble sleeping can be a side effect of croup due to to the increased effort to breath, the coughing, and the fever. The prednisolone can help decrease the effort needed to breath. The ibuprofen will help soreness in the throat from coughing and the fever. Addressing all these issues at the same time can help the child sleep better. ...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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Was not sleeping well stressed about workload and feeling off like ear inf., why would i be prescribed lorazapam vs trying Advil (ibuprofen) pm or exercise. Std ?

Was not sleeping well stressed about workload and feeling off like ear inf., why would i be prescribed lorazapam vs trying Advil (ibuprofen) pm or exercise. Std ?

Lorazepam: This is a question you need to ask the physician who evaluated you for your problems. It's both impossible and unfair to "second-guess" the reasons something was prescribed, when we weren't present during your evaluation. We didn't see how you were at that time, and cannot possibly know all the factors your physician noted when prescribing as s/he did. ...Read more

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Is 4 motrin a day too much?

Is 4 motrin a day too much?

No: Not if the Motrin is 200mg./tab. Never take more than 3000mg.(15 tabs) per day. ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of taking motrin?

Many: First, some people may be allergic to Ibuprofen in which case it would contraindicated. Severe skin reactions can and should be followed up by your doctor. Because it weakly inhibits platelets, it can cause symptoms of abdominal pain and GI bleeding; as it is metabolized mostly through the kidney, it can cause symptoms of impaired kidney function. It can also cause symptoms of bruising. ...Read more

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Can motrin help heal eczema?

Can motrin help heal eczema?

Not likely: That it will help. Ibuprofen is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (nsaid), so theoretically it can reduce inflammation of eczema, but it just doesn't. Topical steroids, such as Hydrocortisone ointment, can help. Have you tried it? ...Read more

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Is there Motrin in trazodone?

Is there Motrin in trazodone?

Trazodone: Trazodone is an Antidepressant. It does not have Motrin. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more