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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 1 aleve this morning at 6:00 am and now it is 10:23 am, can I take 1 ibuprofen now?

I took 1 aleve this morning at 6:00 am and now it is 10:23 am, can I take 1 ibuprofen now?

Yes: Yes for this one time. Over the counter directions should be followed from on the bottle labeling.
Take with food to protect your stomach. ...Read more

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Silly question- I took one 220 mg aleve at 6:30 am, then took 2 200 mg ibuprofen at 8:30 am. Is that ok?

Silly question- I took one 220 mg aleve at 6:30 am, then took 2 200 mg ibuprofen at 8:30 am. Is that ok?

Yes: That's okay. Don't worry, you'll be just fine.
If you are having moderate to severe pain, its okay to take 600 mg ibuprofen every 6 hours, or 800 mg ibuprofen every 8 hours, max out at about 3200 mg per day by prescription but 1200 with OTC dosing. Doses are within a safe range for around 10 days.
Naproxen max 660 OTC 1500 Rx. Double the dose of naproxen you take to calculate ibuprofen equivalent ...Read more

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I'm looking for an Ibuprofen and Aleve dosage chart for adults based on height/weight. I'm 6'4, 200 lbs and standard dosage doesn't cut it. Thank you!

I'm looking for an Ibuprofen and Aleve dosage chart for adults based on height/weight. I'm 6'4, 200 lbs and standard dosage doesn't cut it. Thank you!

Standard: There is no benefit for taking more than 600 mg 3 times a day or 500 mg 2 times a day even for a person of your size. If the NSAIDs are not helping consider adding acetaminophen or seeing your doctor about another agent. Taking NSAIDs at high does does come with risks so it is best to minimize your intake or use for short periods as needed. ...Read more

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I accidently took aleve-d (220mg naproxen) and 200mg of ibuprofen at the same time. Should I be concernes and what should I do?

I accidently took aleve-d (220mg naproxen) and 200mg of ibuprofen at the same time. Should I be concernes and what should I do?

Recommendation: This a little bit more than necessary, but not toxic. Drink a milk or tea, or water, not juice, to wash out extra dose. ...Read more

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If I took an aleve (naproxen) at 4am and an ibuprofen at 1030am, can I take an aleve (naproxen) now? It's currently 9pm

If I took an aleve (naproxen) at 4am and an ibuprofen at 1030am, can I take an aleve (naproxen) now? It's currently 9pm

Yes: Yes, it would be ok to take another Aleve (naproxen), (naproxen) now. However, be careful about combining these two medications since they both act on the same way, it is not necessary to use them together. Pick one. Aleve (naproxen) should be taken every 12 hours, whereas ibuprofen can be taken every 8 hours. Hydrate yourself, since these meds taken in excess can damage your kidneys. ...Read more

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I took 2 800mg ibuprofen and 1 Aleve (naproxen) wil it harm me?

I took 2 800mg ibuprofen and 1 Aleve (naproxen) wil it harm me?

Probably not: That is a bit high on two similar drugs termed NSAIDs. You might experience some stomach upsetness at those levels but no other harm should result from one exposure like you have had. ...Read more

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Can anyone provide a weight/height based chart for common drug dosages: Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc.? Thank You

Can anyone provide a weight/height based chart for common drug dosages: Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc.? Thank You

For childern: For adults they are standard doses based usually on a 70 kg man.
Always best to look up doses and double check them each time anyway. ...Read more

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Can you alternate ibuprofen and aleve (naproxen)?

Can you alternate ibuprofen and aleve (naproxen)?

Not advisable: These agents work best by establishing and maintaining a therapeutic blood level. Starting and stopping prevents this effective level. ...Read more

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I u took ibuprofen at 6 a.m. and its now 1 in the afternoon can u take an aleve (naproxen)?

Of course: The maximum daily dose of aleve (naproxen) is 1100 mg. Always ask your doctor for more information about medication and your individual situation. ...Read more

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Mixing ibuprofen, Aleve (naproxen) and/or Midol interchangeably?

Yes, you can: However, always talk to your doctor before starting any new prescription or over-the-counter medication. ...Read more

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What is better for cramps ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)?

What is better for cramps ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)?

Probably neither: Nsaids are not really effective therapies for muscle cramps. ...Read more

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Which is better for a fever: Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen?

Which is better for a fever: Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen?

Both are NSAIDs: Ibuprofen is a fast acting drug, therefore much better at relieving fever. ...Read more

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Can I take ibuprofen 4 hours after I taking aleve (naproxen)?

Yes: Yes, but just make sure you take it on a full stomach. Also, don't make it a regular occurrence. ...Read more

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Can I take 1 Aleve (naproxen) and two ibuprofen at the same time?

Can I take 1 Aleve (naproxen) and two ibuprofen at the same time?

No: Combining nsaids should be avoided because of the increased risk of serious side effects. ...Read more

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Can I take 2 ibuprofen 12 hours after I've taken an Aleve (naproxen)?

Can I take 2 ibuprofen 12 hours after I've taken an Aleve (naproxen)?

Bad idea: Do not mix NSAIDS: use either Aleve (naproxen) or Advil- not both: taking a double dose of NSAIDS can lead to gastric irritation/bleeding. If you have inadvertently taken both, wait 8 hrs and flood yourself with 8-10 glasses of water. ...Read more

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I just took 800mg of Ibuprofen at 7:30am PDT, can I take an Aleve (naproxen) 220mg, extreme back pain?

I just took 800mg of Ibuprofen at 7:30am PDT, can I take an Aleve (naproxen) 220mg, extreme back pain?

Don't mix these: Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (aleve) and Aspirin are all NSAID s(non steroidal antinflamatory drugs), and should not be taken together at high doses as a rule. As long as you don't have any liver issues it should be safe for you to take up to 1000mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) three times per day. For good pain relief try alternating 800mg ibuprofen and 1000mg Tylenol every 4 hours. ...Read more

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I just took 800mg of Ibuprofen at 7:30am PDT, can I take an Aleve (naproxen) 220mg, as I am having extreme back pain?

I just took 800mg of Ibuprofen at 7:30am PDT, can I take an Aleve (naproxen) 220mg, as I am having extreme back pain?

Mix it up: Treat the different components of your pain with different medications and modalities. You'll get the best relief. Your back pain comes from irritation of nerves, muscles, other pain generating structures (trust me here) and no one medicine works alone. Add a dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen), apply ice, try some gentle isometric motion (squeeze and release your belly). See a doc if still in pain ...Read more

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Can I take Advil or Aleve (naproxen) or aspirin or naproxe? Iam allergic from ibuprofen

See PCP re meds?: Advil and Ibuprofen are the same thing so if you have a true allergy to the product then you cannot take an NSAID till cleared by an allergist. Aleve (naproxen) and Naproxen are the same product, they are also nsaids while Aspirin belongs to a different family of drugs and can also be used if deemed appropriate by your pcp. See your pcp to clarify as to what meds you can and cannot take. ...Read more

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Is Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen better for knee pain?

Is Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen better for knee pain?

They are basically: The same. One may work better than the other but make sure you take it with food so that it doesn't upset your stomach ...Read more

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What is better for knee swelling, ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)?

What is better for knee swelling, ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)?

NSAIDS: Both are anti inflammatory medications thus both effective for swelling in the knee (or elsewhere). Main differences involve duration of benefit rather than effectiveness. ...Read more

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Are ibuprofen and Aleve equivalent NSAIDs compared to etodolac for treatment of osteoarthritis?

NSAIDs: NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and etodolac have slight ly different properties and side effects. Any patient may respond better to one or another - see which works best for you in. Terms of how often you can take the drug and what side effects like stomach upset you experience. Good luck. ...Read more

Naproxen (Definition)

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more


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