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I have shingles (went to doc, confirmed) and have been taking Advil every day. Will I get sick from too much Advil long-term?

I have shingles (went to doc, confirmed) and have been taking Advil every day. Will I get sick from too much Advil long-term?

Long term use of: ibuprofen and other over-the-counter Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (also known as NSAIDS) can lead to gastritis, erosions of the esophageal wall due to acid reflux, stomach ulcers, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and bone mineral loss. Do not use these medications for more than 1-2 weeks at a time. You may use topicals such as capsaicin cream or lidocaine ointment for help ...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 Been taking advil (ibuprofen) pm every single day 8 pills. Then 2 more an hour later. For 3 years now I am addicted how can I get off of them I do without. ?

I Been taking advil (ibuprofen) pm every single day 8 pills. Then 2 more an hour later.  For 3 years now I am addicted how can I get off of them I do without. ?

Advil (ibuprofen) pm Addiction: I commend you for your honesty about Addiction on Advil (ibuprofen) pm. Thank you for informing about, pain and abdominal spasm. Speak out loud that you do not want pain and abdominal spasm, acid stomach, shortness of breath , unusual bleeding or bruising , tiredness or weakness. See Internist for Diagnosis and treatment. See Psychiatrist for your judgement about Addiction and Therapy for stress in your life ...Read more

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I got diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome. I'm taking 2,400 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) every day is this too much for me? I'm 22 years old.

I got diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome. I'm taking 2,400 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) every day is this too much for me? I'm 22 years old.

Soon will be: 800mg 3x/day (every 8 hours) for example is acceptable (with food), but eventually, chronic use of any nsaid can cause renal issues and or possible GI issues. ...Read more

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61yr male taking prevacid 30mg daily, lyrica (pregabalin) 100mg 2x day, Advil 400mg every other day &oxycodone 5/325 & Soma 350 3-4x a week. Worried Kidney damage?

61yr male taking prevacid 30mg daily, lyrica (pregabalin) 100mg 2x day, Advil 400mg every other day &oxycodone 5/325 & Soma 350 3-4x a week. Worried Kidney damage?

Is advil (ibuprofen) needed ?: Long term use, even every other day, esp. when older, can lead to kidney issues.So the question is Advil offering a discernible benefit as you have Oxy. If the answer is no, then stop Advil as it's also requiring use of Prevacid (lansoprazole) which will not minimize renal risk. Since many take NSAIDs for arthritic pain there are topical options including Lidocaine.Voltaren, however is a topical NSAID option ...Read more

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I took Advil (ibuprofen) pm every other night is that bad will i die i puked the other day?

I took Advil (ibuprofen) pm every other night is that bad will i die i puked the other day?

Try not to worry: You don't say why you needed to take advil (ibuprofen) so often, but you might want to have that checked by a doctor. If you followed directions about dosage limits, it should not be a problem. Of course you will die - we all will - but not likely from this medication. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist for clear (perhaps printed) advise on otc drug use. Relax and take care. ...Read more

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I have tension headaches almost every day. Advil/tylenol doesn't always help. What can I do to get rid of them?

I have tension headaches almost every day. Advil/tylenol doesn't always help. What can I do to get rid of them?

Tension Headache?: I believe that your question mush first be answered with a question. Was it a physician who diagnosed your headaches as tension headaches? If the answer is yes, there may be choices of additional meds that can be added to the AdvilTylenol.However it should be the diagnosing physician who should add additional meds. If you made the diagnosis of "tension" headache" consider consulting a neurologist ...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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Is it safe to take Advil (ibuprofen) multiple times a day if I was prescribed 500 mgs of naproxen every 6 hours? I am worried because the bottle of Advil (ibuprofen) says no

 Is it safe to take Advil (ibuprofen) multiple times a day if I was prescribed 500 mgs of naproxen every 6 hours? I am worried because the bottle of Advil (ibuprofen) says no

Advil (ibuprofen) + Naproxen: Both of these meds are considered NSAIDS which are notorious for causing GI problems (stomach bleeding), The maximum dose of Ibuprofen is 3.2 g, and Naproxen 1.5g daily. Do the math. There are other better ways of managing pain than taking same meds-NSAIDs. You need to consult with a doctor that specializes in pain for more information and medication adjustment. ...Read more

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Costochondritis and bilateral hip bursitis for a year, take 3 Advil (ibuprofen) every day, use ice. Will it ever go away? should i see rheum dr? ANA and RF negati

Costochondritis and bilateral hip bursitis for a year, take 3 Advil (ibuprofen) every day, use ice. Will it ever go away? should i see rheum dr? ANA and RF negati

See details: By all means, see a rheumatologist. Hip bursitis is often misdiagnosed and is often related to lumbar spine disease. Certain spine issues can be related to chest wall tenderness. ...Read more

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I always have aheadache every week and take Advil (ibuprofen) pill but no result continue all day and feel thraw up but i can't also make me stomach pain?

I always have aheadache every week and take Advil (ibuprofen) pill but no result   continue all day and feel thraw up but i can't  also make me stomach pain?

This sounds serious: Headaches like you describe can be from migraine. Migraine requires treatment from a headache specialist or from a neurologist. There is good medication made just for treating migraine but you will need a prescription. Go see your doctor or go to er and ask for help. ...Read more

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I have a headache or migraine every day the eye doctor gave me glasses but they don't help Advil and ibuprofen make them worse what's going on?

I have a headache or migraine every day the eye doctor gave me glasses but they don't help Advil and ibuprofen make them worse what's going on?

Consultation: Recommend consultation with a Headache Specialist to evaluate your source of pain. This may be a Physiatrist or Neurologist. ...Read more

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I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back.. Any suggestions?

I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back.. Any suggestions?

See your ENT: You have some sort of chronic problem, but it is hard to know what is going on over the computer. Most likely you are dealing with allergies, chronic sinusitis, or perhaps laryngeal reflux. A thorough history, physical exam and maybe some x-rays or other tests will help sort out the problem. Sinus rinses are a helpful solution for sinus congestion and allergy complaints as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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Normally take 1200 mg of advil every 4 hrs for inflammation. Just prescribed diclofenac 100 and it is not working. Can I top it up with advil?

Normally take 1200 mg of advil every 4 hrs for inflammation. Just prescribed diclofenac 100 and it is not working. Can I top it up with advil?

No: Top dose of ibuprofen can be 3200 mg a day. Your information says you're 125 years old. I suspect you're 25 and a younger age group it's less of a risk. You can discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Can I take Advil (ibuprofen) PM every night?

Can I take Advil (ibuprofen)  PM every night?

Not Tylenol (acetaminophen): The PM part yes. But, taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) daily is extremely hard in the liver. Use the generic for Benadryl. That is what causes sedation. ...Read more

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Can you take 600 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) every 4 hours for two days?

over max dose : You should not take over 3200mg in 24 hrs. Take with food and make sure there are no contraindications to you taking this med and there are no drug interactions with any medications you are taking. ...Read more

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Having problem to sleep i take Advil (ibuprofen) every knight?

Depends: Assuming you have no other medical issues, advil (ibuprofen) is relatively safe. However, if you have other conditions - please let me know for proper advice. More importantly, what symptoms are you treating? ...Read more

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2 weeks since gum surgery for new crown. Taking pain medication, advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours. Sometimes pain wakes me. Is this normal?

Not at all: See the Surgeon ASAP for follow-up. You should be on nothing stronger than warm salt water rinses. Get in there tomorrow. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I just started breastfeeding today but I've been taking advil (ibuprofen) of 400 mg every six hours and I was wondering is it bad for my baby and what can happen?

I just started breastfeeding today but I've been taking advil (ibuprofen) of 400 mg every six hours and I was wondering is it bad for my baby and what can happen?

Not bad: In general it is not bad for the baby, but why every six hours are you recovering from C section or had surgery, or pain from the vaginal delivery. If that is the case make sure your doctor knows you are having so much pain may be they will give you something different or at least assured you that what you are doing is OK ...Read more

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I've been taking Advil (ibuprofen) every morning for a headache and this morning when I moved my bowels I saw a streak of blood is this common? No fam hist of cc

No it is not common: No it is not common to have streak of blood when moving bowels I suggest you consult your Doctor to find the cause of rectal bleeding.You may need a referral to GI Specialist and may need colonoscopy ...Read more

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