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Hi I'm 36 years old and am having lower back pain after laying down for too long. What's best for this? Ibuprofen? Aleve? Tylenol? Thanks.

Hi I'm 36 years old and am having lower back pain after laying down for too long. What's best for this? Ibuprofen? Aleve? Tylenol? Thanks.

Depends: It depends on other medical issues you might have. If there are no contraindications to any of the meds, then the main difference is that Tylenol does not have an antiinflammatory while the other two have it. ...Read more

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 am nursing a one month old. Can I take Advil cold and Sinus for a cold? If so, can I take it with Tylenol 3? I take one for back pain until I do xray

I am nursing a one month old. Can I take Advil cold and Sinus for a cold? If so, can I take it with Tylenol 3? I take one for back pain until I do xray

Advil Cold and Sinus: Advil Cold and Sinus contains pseudoephedrine which decreases breast milk supply. Avoid Advil Cold and Sinus while breastfeeding. Also avoid Tylenol #3 as it contains codeine which passes into breast milk. Okay to take plain tylenol or advil for pain. More about cold and allergy remedies while breastfeeding:
http://kellymom. Com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/cold-remedy/ ...Read more

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I have a horrible lump between my scapula and spine. Pain will not go away with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). What should I do?

I have a horrible lump between my scapula and spine. Pain will not go away with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). What should I do?

See doctor: It sounds like you may have an abscess or infected cyst. See a doctor to find out the cause and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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For chronic lower back pain that is fue to soft tissue damage, is it better to take aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen roughly 3 times a week?

For chronic lower back pain that is fue to soft tissue damage, is it better to take aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen roughly 3 times a week?

Any if them: Taking any of those medications is fine- just take as prescribed. Stretching and exercises are equally important if not more. ...Read more

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Went to bed with terrible stomach pain and nausea. I took two Tums and two extra strength Tylenol. I woke up at midnight still in terrible pain so I took 4 ibuprofen. Then I woke up at 2am and was still feeling miserable so I took a xanax. I fell back

Went to bed with terrible stomach pain and nausea. I took two Tums and two extra strength Tylenol. I woke up at midnight still in terrible pain so I took 4 ibuprofen. Then I woke up at 2am and was still feeling miserable so I took a xanax. I fell back

No ibuprofen: Could be indigestion caused by increased acid in your digestive tract. Ibruprofen, naprosyn, (naproxen) advil- all of the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, would be the wrong choice for medication. Try alka selzer, baking soda or water or peptobismal. If persists, ER visit might be indicated as there might be something going on such as appendicitis or an acute problem in your abdomen. ...Read more

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Can I take my nightly Xanax (alprazolam) with ibuprofen? My Xanax (alprazolam) is. 25 I want to take 400mg ibuprofen for back pain. Is this safe??

Yeah you can....: No specific interactions...make sure your doctor knows that you want to be taking those agents together. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 2 800mg of ibuprofen for back pain?

Is it safe to take 2 800mg of ibuprofen for back pain?

Above the`: Recommended dosage, and could cause significant gastric irritation. Ibuprofen is not a drug where if one is good more is better, as there is a therapeutic level above which no further analgesic qualities can be found but only an increase in undesirable side effects. ...Read more

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I took 7.5 mg meloxicam about 4 hours ago for back pain. It didn't help. Can I take ibuprofen or another meloxicam?

I took 7.5 mg meloxicam about 4 hours ago for back pain. It didn't help. Can I take ibuprofen or another meloxicam?

Yes: You can take another dose of the meloxicam but no more NSAIDS for at least 12 hours. You should discuss this with the Doc who Rxd the meloxicam. Max dose of meloxicam per day is 15mg per day. ...Read more

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Have such bad back pain that I can hardl move. Is it ok to take 600 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) and How often?

Have such bad back pain that I can hardl move. Is it ok to take 600 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) and How often?

Probably: Advil (ibuprofen) prescription goes all the way to 800mg tablets. 600mg should be fine if you do not have any kidney problems and not taking other medications that could react to it. ...Read more

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I had a torodol injection for back pain last night that didn't work. I want to take ibuprofen but it says nto to mix the 2. How long should I wait?

I had a torodol injection for back pain last night that didn't work. I want to take ibuprofen but it says nto to mix the 2. How long should I wait?

Should be ok now: It is ok at this point to take the ibuprofen as long as there is not any medical contraindication. Prescription dosing for ibuprofen is typically 600-800 mg three times a day as needed. ...Read more

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How can I stop lower back pain without taking all the advil (ibuprofen)?

How can I stop lower back pain without taking all the advil (ibuprofen)?

Exercise: Most low back pain is mechanical in nature. Stretching and strengthening exercises for the lower back go a long way to improve low back pain. See a physiotherapist who can teach you the specific exercises. ...Read more

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I have been taking 2 Advil (ibuprofen) 12 hour a day for knee and back pain. Is this safe?

I have been taking 2 Advil (ibuprofen) 12 hour a day for knee and back pain. Is this safe?

So 4: Per 24 period This is safe. Your could take 2 tabs every 4-6 hours as needed. If pain is worse. See your doctor for full workup ...Read more

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Can I take 3 advil (ibuprofen) pm for my severe back pain if I took vicodin three hours ago?

Back Pain, Vicodin: Of course, you need relief from back pain.
Reflect upon about history of back pain given to your Physician, X-ray or MRI findings, possible causes of your back pain, stresses in your life contributing to pain, diagnosis, treatment discussed -Pain Management, Medication, P.T. and Therapy.
See an Orthopedic Physician and a Psychiatrist.
Use Music, Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery and Meditation. ...Read more

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Why is it that ibuprofen messes up your kidneys? I take when I have headaches and back pain (which is every now and then to rarely) what happens?

Any kidney problems?: All meds are either metabolized/excreted by your liver or kidneys. As long as you are in good health and don't exceed the recommended dose or use chronically, there is usually no problem. Take it with food (not dairy) and don't take if you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain. Also, prescription strength Ibuprofen is 50-75% cheaper & easier on your stomach than over-the-counter forms ...Read more

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I've been on 800MG of ibuprofen for 4 weeks due to severe back pain (herniated discs) I'm wondering how long I need to be off of it before drinking?

I've been on 800MG of ibuprofen for 4 weeks due to severe back pain (herniated discs) I'm wondering how long I need to be off of it before drinking?

DON'T: 800 mg is an enormous dose and ibuprofen is a propionic acid. You would most likely irritated your stomach lining or bleed form your stomach from ulceration. Bye-bye to alcohol for at least 4 months. Please clarify how many 800mg tablets you are taking, or is your daily intake only 800 mg? ...Read more

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So I have chronic back pain and I have been to the er many times. They only give me 800ml ibuprofen and that don't work. What other options are there?

Osteopath: A 20's male with chronic low back pain needs to find out cause so that correct therapies can be advised. In this age group extreme sports participation is often causal of chronic low back disorders. See an Osteopath. See comments below. ...Read more

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I am having terrible back pain in my lower back. It is sharp and stabbing. Not following an injury. Advil (ibuprofen) heat and ice are not helping. What can I do?

Exam needed: You will need an exam to get an answer.
There are many conditions that may cause the pain. It is impossible to give you reassurance without an exam. ...Read more

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Can I take two 800mg ibuprofen for serious back pain? One just doesn't seem to help at all.

Can I take two 800mg ibuprofen for serious back pain? One just doesn't seem to help at all.

Not recommended: High doses of ibuprofen can be damaging to the kidneys and cause significant GI upset. An urgent care facility will likely be able to prescribe effective pain medication for you until you can be further evaluated for the cause of your pain. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Tylenol (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more