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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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Can i take acetaminophen and ibuprofen?

Can i take acetaminophen and ibuprofen?

Yes: But not on a regular basis. And as long as you don't have severe liver or kidney disease. ...Read more

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If I take 800mg of Ibuprofen, can I take acetaminophen? if so, how much, and should I space them apart?

If I take 800mg of Ibuprofen, can I take acetaminophen? if so, how much, and should I space them apart?

Can combine: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is commonly combined with Ibuprofen. You can take 500 mg four times a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. You can take Ibuprofen three times a day. Spacing them apart could help with the pain, but can take them at same time. ...Read more

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Can i take 400mg of ibuprofen and 500mg of acetaminophen at the same time? And how often can it be done?

Can i take 400mg of ibuprofen and 500mg of acetaminophen at the same time? And how often can it be done?

Yes: You can take them together, however u may get more benefit alternating them - for example 4-6 hrs separation. However do not take more than 4000mg of Acetaminophen in any 24hr period. You can do this for a couple of days - any longer pls see a doc. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take these two medicines together? It's Coricidin and ibuprofen? The Coricidin has acetaminophen in it so i wasn't sure if it was ok to take with anything else.

Is it ok to take these two medicines together? It's Coricidin and ibuprofen?
The Coricidin has acetaminophen in it so i wasn't sure if it was ok to take with anything else.

It : It should be ok to combine these medications for a short period of time if you are not allergic to any of the components and if you do not have liver or kidney disease. Check the package insert for further guidance or call your physician. ...Read more

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Does ibuprofen contain acetaminophen?

Does ibuprofen contain acetaminophen?

No: These are 2 different drugs, but have common effects for reducing fever and pain. ...Read more

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What are the differences between ibuprofen and acetaminophen?

What are the differences between ibuprofen and acetaminophen?

Both Are Analgesics: Ibuprofen is a NSAID and can help reduce inflammation if taken at the correct dosage. Acetaminophen is an analgesic and does not offer any anti-inflammatory benefits. Both can help reduce a fever and reduce pain. ...Read more

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What is 1500 grams of acetaminophen with Advil (ibuprofen) taken for?

What is 1500 grams of acetaminophen with Advil (ibuprofen) taken for?

1500 mg of: Acetaminophen at once is a large dose and you shouldn't take more than 3000 mg total per day on a regular basis. It's good to combine tylenol (acetaminophen) wth advil for an additive analgesic effect since they work through different mechanisms. ...Read more

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Do you know the highest safe amount of acetaminophen and ibuprofen to take?

Do you know the highest safe amount of acetaminophen and ibuprofen to take?

Factors: Assuming you have no allergies to these drugs, it depends upon your weight, general health, some medical conditions, whether or not you are pregnant (for women) and other medications that you are taking, not to mention individual variances from person to person. ...Read more

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What is the highest safe amount of acetaminophen and ibuprofen a person can take?

Follow directions : Usually 4000 mg per day of Acetaminophen and 1600 mg per day of Ibuprofen are safe. All medications have side effects and risks so please follow the directions on the bottle carefully. Contact your primary physician about the safety of these products if you have liver, kidney, or stomach ailments. ...Read more

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What effect can taking high doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen have on your body?

What effect can taking high doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen have on your body?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): High doses of tylenol (acetaminophen) can affect your liver harmfully. You should be careful not to exceed the recommended dose with out a physicians care. He/she should know what other medications you are on and what medical conditions you have and are taking the medications for. ...Read more

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What affect can taking high doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen have on a person's body?

See below: The biggest effect of taking large doses of Acetaminophen is liver damage, which can occur with taking large doses all at once or with taking large doses over an extended period of time. Regarding ibuprofen, the greatest risk is to the GI tract, which can result in ulcers and GI bleeding. Ibuprofen also can affect the kidneys. ...Read more

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Effects of high uses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen, 6000mg and 4800mg a day respectively. Going on for 19 days now. ?

Effects of high uses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen, 6000mg and 4800mg a day respectively. Going on for 19 days now. ?

Liver failure : Kidney failure, GI ulcers and bleeding. You are taking way too much medication. Please stop all medications and see your doctor right away. This is a dangerous example of self-medication. If you are having severe pain, he can help evaluate the cause and prescribe something more appropriate. ...Read more

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Which is safer for infants: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Which is safer for infants: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Depends: We never give ibuprofen under 6 mo of age because of risks related to the kidneys. After that point they are both about equal in safety & effectiveness when given at proper doses. I prefer ibuprofen since you don't have to give it as often. ...Read more

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Should I use acetaminophen and ibuprofen together in a child to reduce fever?

Should I use acetaminophen and ibuprofen together in a child to reduce fever?

You can - but why?: Fever is a generally beneficial response to infection and helps to fight the infection. The only reasons to reduce fever are that the individual is patently uncomfortable, or that their heart or lungs cannot tolerate it, or that the fever has reached heights in a child which place them at risk of seizures (>105). You can use tepid washcloth baths, low dose pediatric tylenol, (acetaminophen) etc., . ...Read more

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Which is better for a hangover: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Which is better for a hangover: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Neither one.: Acetaminophen is not good for a hangover b/c it can be toxic in high doses to the liver which may already be impaired after metabolizing alcohol. Ibuprofen is less injurious to the liver but increases the risk of GI bleeding which goes up after drinking alcohol. The best treatment would be to rest & drink plenty of fluids including water and electrolyte sport drinks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to combine ibuprofen and acetaminophen regularly?

Is it safe to combine ibuprofen and acetaminophen regularly?

It should be safe.: Ibuprofen and acetaminophen have very little interaction with each other. If you are taking them for pain relief after surgery or an injury, it may be more effective to alternate them 3 hours apart. However, ibuprofen should be taken with caution if you have kidney issues. The same goes for acetaminophen if you have any liver problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 600mg of ibuprofen with 325 mg of acetaminophen?

Is it safe to take 600mg of ibuprofen with 325 mg of acetaminophen?

Yes, but: Don't take 600 mg Ibuprofen on a regular basis. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen on the same day should be ok though once in a while if there is no history of liver, kidney, or ulcer disease. ...Read more

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Can you take 1 ibuprofen 600mg 4-5 hours after taking 2 extra strength tylenols (acetaminophen) that are not working well?

Yes: But don't do this on a regular basis.
Normally, it's recommended that you take 4 tabs of Ibuprofen 600 mg a day and 4-6 tablets of tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg a day.
So if you combine both, i'd suggest 2 each of the tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen per day on alternating doses.
Don't drink alcohol with it.
Drink lots of liquids.
If you develop stomach upset, nausea, vomiting or fever, go see yourdr
take care! ...Read more

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Can OTC acetaminophen and ibuprofen ever be taken together for pain relief? If so, how much of each med & at what intervals?

Can OTC acetaminophen and ibuprofen ever be taken together for pain relief? If so, how much of each med & at what intervals?

Different pathways: These can be taken together and do not cross react. The proper dose of each depends upon your body mass and the strength of the pain which you are attempting to relieve. Best to start low and gradually increase the dose each day until relief is at hand. Most do best by taking the proper dose twice per day. ...Read more

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Can I take ibuprofen 600mg and acetaminophen hydrocodone 325mg at the same time?

Can I take ibuprofen 600mg and acetaminophen hydrocodone 325mg at the same time?

Ibuprofen + Tylenol (acetaminophen): Take Ibuprofen 600 milligrams every 8 hours and alternate with Tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg. You may alternate the two medications for moderate to severe pain by taking ibuprofen, then taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) three hours later. Keep that rotation going as needed. ...Read more

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Can i take 1 Advil (ibuprofen 200mg) and 2 alka seltzer plus (acetaminophen 325mg each) together?

Can i take 1 Advil (ibuprofen 200mg) and 2 alka seltzer plus (acetaminophen 325mg each) together?

Not recommended: Because Ibuprofen decreases effects of alka-seltzer, increase potassium levels in the blood and alka-seltzer will increase the level or effect of ibuprofen.
Not recommended!
see a pcp for more information. ...Read more

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Should i take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for menstrual pain?

Depends on you: Whichever works better for you. Many women prefer Ibuprofen for menstrual pains, so would recommend you start with that. ...Read more

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