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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 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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Hi the left side of my neck is super stiff and woke me up. It hurts to move it up or to the side. I took Advil (ibuprofen) but it's not helping?

Hi the left side of my neck is super stiff and woke me up. It hurts to move it up or to the side. I took Advil (ibuprofen) but it's not helping?

Stretches: Most likely just awkward positioning during sleep. I would recommend gentle stretches, and you can try heat as well. Advil (ibuprofen) can be taken at a dose of 800 mg three times a day. See a physician if symptoms persist/worsen. ...Read more

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I took Advil (ibuprofen) for a headache and then threw up 45 minutes later. What's going on?

I took Advil (ibuprofen) for a headache and then threw up 45 minutes later. What's going on?

Headache & vomiting: Although Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) can cause vomiting due to stomach irritation, vomiting associated with headache can portend a more serous illness like migraine, meningitis, brain tumor, etc. If persistent, consult your physician. ...Read more

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I am having some testiculer pain in my left testical!!!! I took Advil (ibuprofen) about an hour ago 20msg?

I am having some testiculer pain in my left testical!!!! I took Advil (ibuprofen) about an hour ago 20msg?

Could be several: Things, but if the pain is severe then you need to seek help emergently. There is a chance that your testicle could have rotate in the scrotum and cut off it's own blood supply. .. that is very serious. It's also possible that you have some inflammation of the testicle itself (orchitis) or the tube right behind the testicle, so called epididymitis. See your doc to better figure this out. ...Read more

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How do you break a fever when you sick? Should I take anything for my fever if I already took Advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus.

How do you break a fever when you sick? Should I take anything for my fever if I already took Advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus.

Fevers can help: Fever is the body's way of fighting an infection. If you can tolerate the fever it may be good to let it burn. A rapid raise of temperature is not safe however. ...Read more

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I had 3 drinks today and took advil (ibuprofen). I read on the internet afterwards u shouldn't mix. Is this true? Did I poison myself?

I had 3 drinks today and took advil (ibuprofen). I read on the internet afterwards u shouldn't mix. Is this true? Did I poison myself?

Not poison, but...: The combination of alcohol and advil (ibuprofen) (or other non steroidal anti inflammatory drug nsaid) can be very irritating to the stomach lining. Repeated exposures can lead to an ulcer. ...Read more

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Is it safe if I took advil (ibuprofen) 8 days after ovulation?

Is it safe if I took advil (ibuprofen) 8 days after ovulation?

Advil (ibuprofen) dosing: Safe dosing of advil (ibuprofen) is 600 mg every 6 hours for pain. It can be very effective in treating menstrual cramps. If worried about taking something in very early pregnancy, don't worry. A dose or two won't make any difference. ...Read more

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On and off headache inside right temple started this morning. Took advil (ibuprofen) and it's still keeps coming. Anything serious?

On and off headache inside right temple started this morning. Took advil (ibuprofen) and it's still keeps coming. Anything serious?

Consider Migraine: 32 year old female gets, On and off headache inside right temple started this morning. Took advil (ibuprofen) and it's still keeps coming. Anything serious. If one had prior Migraine headache, could be. But there are many other possible causes; Tension, Trauma, Not Sleeping well, Infection in head and neck area, High Blood pressure, Eye Strain. Consider repeat of Advil (ibuprofen) and if headache persists see MD ...Read more

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I went to bed with a mild headache took Advil (ibuprofen) pm. Woke up with a HA that gradually got worse. Took nap. And still got a HA. Why won't it leave? PMS?

I went to bed with a mild headache took Advil (ibuprofen) pm. Woke up with a HA that gradually got worse. Took nap. And still got a HA. Why won't it leave? PMS?

Headache: Headaches have many causes. It's hard to say what is causing yours without more specifics. Here are some general guidelines: try staying hydrated; try acetaminophen; avoid sugar, salt, junk food. If that's not working you should go be seen by a provider in person. ...Read more

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Having sudden lower back pain (have had back pain in the past). Took Advil (ibuprofen) with no help. Hurts to sit, stand, lay down.

Having sudden lower back pain (have had back pain in the past). Took Advil (ibuprofen) with no help. Hurts to sit, stand, lay down.

Back pain: Back pain can be caused by a number of factors including muscle strain, ligament injury, nerve irritation, vertebral injury or inflammation or internal organ issues. If the pain came without any clear ttrigger it is more worrisome. Could be something like a kidney stone. If medication not helping some therapy might. See your doctor for this to see if further imaging studies may be indicated. ...Read more

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My mother always took Advil (ibuprofen) for her headaches. Therefore I started doing the same with most of my headaches. Is that unhealthy?

My mother always took Advil (ibuprofen) for her headaches. Therefore I started doing the same with most of my headaches. Is that unhealthy?

Better Living: The goal is to find the cause of the headaches and treat the cause, not just take pain meds all of the time. Advil (ibuprofen) is safe when used sparingly, but please do not follow in your mother's footsteps. Find the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Hi can you tell me what may be wrong, I have bad headache and loss of appetite. I haven't slept much lately but took Advil (ibuprofen) and it's not helping?

Hi can you tell me what may be wrong, I have bad headache and loss of appetite. I haven't slept much lately but took Advil (ibuprofen) and it's not helping?

Nondiagnostic: Your symptoms are nondiagnostic without further information. If your headache is severe or persistent, you should be evaluated by a physician. It could be muscle contraction tension headache but other causes of severe headaches like high blood pressure, migraine, visual problems, arteritis,
etc will be checked for by the physician. ...Read more

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Have slight neck pain when I look down I have pain in my back. Took Advil (ibuprofen) it seems to have taken almost all the pain away. Could this be meningitis?

Have slight neck pain when I look down I have pain in my back. Took Advil (ibuprofen) it seems to have taken almost all the pain away. Could this be meningitis?

Probably not: With meningitis, neck pain is severe and is associated with fever, headache, and light-sensitivity. A simple test would be to try to touch your chin to the middle of your chest: it is too painful to do this movement when one has meningitis. Since the Advil (ibuprofen) has resolved your pain, you most likely just have a strained neck muscle. If symptoms change, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Friday I woke up sore neck took Advil (ibuprofen) even put a scarf around I kept on doing it and I was then able to move my neck but pain came back worse today?

Friday I woke up sore neck took Advil (ibuprofen) even put a scarf around I kept on doing it and I was then able to move my neck but pain came back worse today?

Get checked: If Advil, (ibuprofen) ice, heat and simple measures aren't helping and you have severe pain in the neck a prompt visit with your doctor is indicated. If it feels muscular and without fever, sore throat, headache it can probably wait until your next doctors appointment. Give them a call as soon as possible and if worse go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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I took Advil (ibuprofen) on an empty stomach. And im having sharp pain in my tummy. What should I do?

I took Advil (ibuprofen) on an empty stomach. And im having sharp pain in my tummy. What should I do?

Antacid now: Try an antacid, liquid or tablets and a small bland snack, like half a banana or a few crackers or a piece of toast.
Ibuprofen should not be taken on an empty stomach or if you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain or with alcohol. If your stomach does not feel better soon, see a doc. If you have black or bloody stools, dizziness, weakness, or increasing pain, go to an ER. ...Read more

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I took Advil (ibuprofen) and sinus 2 hrs ago for my cold, and I have a tooth ache, is it ok to take a vicodin?

I took Advil (ibuprofen) and sinus 2 hrs ago for my cold, and I have a tooth ache, is it ok to take a vicodin?

Depends: If you've seen a dentist and you were prescribed vicodin for your toothache, no problem. In fact, alternating it with advil (ibuprofen) may increase comfort. If you have some left over from another issue, best to see a dentist first to assess your situation. Vicodin may mask your symptoms making diagnosis more challenging. In no circumstance combine vicodin and any other Acetaminophen (tylenol) meds. ...Read more

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I dropped something on my big toe and under the nail its dark red. The nail is not punctured, or coming off. I'm icing it, elevating it and took advil (ibuprofen).

I dropped something on my big toe and under the nail its dark red. The nail is not punctured, or coming off. I'm icing it, elevating it and took advil (ibuprofen).

Subungual hematoma: Sounds like you may have a hematoma under your toenail. If you are 112 years old, you may need help to drain this toenail. I recommend seeing a doctor for possible drainage of the hematoma. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Mistakenly I took Advil (ibuprofen) right after my ear surgery, the blood won't stop rushing out, what's a way to thicken the blood?

Mistakenly I took Advil (ibuprofen) right after my ear surgery, the blood won't stop rushing out, what's a way to thicken the blood?

Rushing out?: If there is blood "rushing out" you need to head to a medical facility
in the mean time apply firm pressure. ...Read more

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