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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is Advil (ibuprofen) safe to take if preganant?

Is Advil (ibuprofen) safe to take if preganant?

Tyloenol: Try and stick with tylenol (acetaminophen) which has been considered safe for a long time during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant women take tylenol or ibuprophen when she has a headache? I'm wondering if you could help me on my question because i'm pregnant and scared to death to take something for a headache because i don't know if I am supposed to or not.

Can a pregnant women take tylenol or ibuprophen when she has a headache? I'm wondering if you could help me on my question because i'm pregnant and scared to death to take something for a headache because i don't know if I am supposed to or not.

Tylenol (acetaminophen) : Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine. Ibuprofen is usually not recommended but can be used in the first trimester if your ob/gyne syas it is ok. Try the tylenol (acetaminophen) first. If it does not help, call your ob/gyne for another suggestion. ...Read more

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I am about 4wks pregnant, and have horrible migraines, is it ok to take motrin until i get to my ob? & if so what dose?

I am about 4wks pregnant, and have horrible migraines, is it ok to take motrin until i get to my ob? & if so what dose?

No, take Tylenol (acetaminophen): Ibuprofen should not be taken in the first or last trimester of pregnancy. In the first 13 weeks it can be associated with a birth defect called gastroschisis (a defect in the abdominal wall) or a cleft palate. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe in all stages of pregnancy and is preferred. If your headaches are not responding to tylenol (acetaminophen) see your OB for other options. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant with a horrible sinus cold. Tylenol (acetaminophen) wasn't touching it. I had to take advil. Is Advil ok for extreme cases like this? Duration?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant with a horrible sinus cold. Tylenol (acetaminophen) wasn't touching it. I had to take advil. Is Advil ok for extreme cases like this? Duration?

Probably: We don't have good data to tell us whether advil (ibuprofen) is a problem early in pregnancy. It may interfere with ovulation and implantation since it decreases prostaglandins that are necessary for these processes. There aren't any specific birth defects associated with early use. Use in the final 6 weeks of pregnancy can cause changes in blood flow in the heart and cause damage. ...Read more

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I may be about 3 weeks pregnant- i take 12.5 mg atenolol bid - should I stop its for high hr (pots) did i already harm baby? Also had norflex (orphenadrine) & motrin

I may be about 3 weeks pregnant- i take 12.5 mg atenolol bid - should I stop its for high hr (pots) did i already harm baby? Also had norflex (orphenadrine) & motrin

No: You likely haven't harmed the baby, though you should see doctor and see if has another recommendation. Most cardiologists are going to recommend metoprolol in pregnancy for elevated heart rate control. It's in the same class of medications but better for pregnant women. Make sure you have appointment right away, either with doctor who prescribed you the atenolol, or with an ob/gyn, don't wait! ...Read more

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What can women take instead of ibuprofen or advil?

What can women take instead of ibuprofen or advil?

Acetaminophen: For minor pain relief, Acetaminophen is comparable. However it is not to be used if there is liver disease. It is not an anti-inflammatory as is ibuprofen, but is about equal as a pain reliever. ...Read more

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Hi I'm a 16 year old female and I take Advil (ibuprofen) about once daily and have for years. Lately I get light chest pain when I take it. Is this connected?

Hi I'm a 16 year old female and I take Advil (ibuprofen) about once daily and have for years. Lately I get light chest pain when I take it. Is this connected?

Possibly: If you can relate your chest pain to the timing of your ibuprofen, it is likely swallowing tube irritation/reflux. This is relatively common in teens whose eating habits are irregular and often include caffeine/chocolate and spicy foods. It is not heart related, but it would be worth reviewing the issue with your doc. A few changes in lifestyle/ diet/etc. will usually end this problem. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen while on 1000 mg of keppra (levetiracetam) daily for the past several years? 65 year old female

Is it okay to take acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen while on 1000 mg of keppra (levetiracetam) daily for the past several years? 65 year old female

According : According to drugs.Com, there are no interactions reported between Ibuprofen and Keppra (levetiracetam) or Acetaminophen and keppra (levetiracetam). If you have any additional questions or concerns about the safety of these medications, call your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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I had 1 alleve at noon. Second is supposed to be 8 pm. Can I take 2 Advil (ibuprofen) now? 200 mg : Back pain. I'm 36 yo female. Good health normal blood pressure

I had 1 alleve at noon. Second is supposed to be 8 pm. Can I take 2 Advil (ibuprofen) now? 200 mg :  
Back pain. I'm 36 yo female. Good health normal blood pressure

Better to take a 3rd: It is better not to mix these drugs which are called NSAIDs - non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. If necessary if your health allows you can take a 3rd alive. You need to discuss this with your physicians to be certain ti is OK with your total health picture. ...Read more

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25 Yr old female about 160 pounds. I was told I have the flu I have a sore throat and low fever 102.7. How many mgs of ibuprofen can I take?

25 Yr old female about 160 pounds. I was told I have the flu I have a sore throat and low fever 102.7. How many mgs of ibuprofen can I take?

2400 mg per day.: If a person has normal kidney function then a person can take up to 2400 mg per day of ibuprofen. However, this should only be for a short time. Long term use of ibuprofen has many side effects including stomach and intestinal inflammation, kidney injury and possibly even heart problems. ...Read more

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I am 16 weeks pregnant & i took a 800 mg motrin once. Was is safe?

Most likely yes: Occasionally women who are having premature labor are treated with Motrin 3-4 times a day. It is safe to take up until 32 weeks gestation. However taking it daily will sometimes reduce the fluid around the baby (the fluid goes to normal once women stop the motrin). So to take it rarely won't hurt the baby. Just make sure your doctor knows so he or she can give you guidelines. ...Read more

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My ribs hurt from coughing too much! feels almost broken, i haven't taken motrin because i'm pregnant. Should i apply cold or warm compress on area?

My ribs hurt from coughing too much! feels almost broken,  i haven't taken motrin because i'm pregnant. Should i apply cold or warm compress on area?

Yes: Could actually use either, but usually start with cool compresses and see if helps. Can use occasional tylenol (acetaminophen) if having discomfort that keeps you from falling asleep. ...Read more

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I think i may have just miscarried. How do you verify this? I am on birth control and was not aware of or expecting to be pregnant. I have been having unusually strong cramps tonight that are not being helped much with motrin. I went to urinate and a larg

I think i may have just miscarried. How do you verify this? I am on birth control and was not aware of or expecting to be pregnant. I have been having unusually strong cramps tonight that are not being helped much with motrin. I went to urinate and a larg

Unfortunately : Unfortunately I am answering this 7 days after you asked. You can have the tissue sent to pathology to look for chorionic villi. This period may have had overgrowth of the endometrium which came out in a sort of "cast"/ all at once. This would explain the excessive cramping.

In the future, a miscarriage could potentially be confirmed with a pregnancy test. Even after a miscarriage the pregnancy hormone (HCG) doesn't drop immediately. ...Read more

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Took 2 Aleve & hr later took 3 Advil & 3 tylenol (acetaminophen) for cramps for period was start next day. Pregnant & worried i did something to harm the baby.?

Took 2 Aleve & hr later took 3 Advil & 3 tylenol (acetaminophen) for cramps for period was start next day. Pregnant & worried i did something to harm the baby.?

U question was : Not quite clear . But the amount of medication u took was rather excessive . Discuss with u physician what u need to do and how much u can take and do not exceed that. ...Read more

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Don?T want to take it but how much is too much advil (ibuprofen)?

2tab three a day: Advil (ibuprofen) is Ibuprofen with sugar coated it come in different forms, every tablet of advil (ibuprofen) contain 200 mg of Ibuprofen it could used up 4 times a day, even for kids come as drops be careful follow your doctor advice for the amount you use, it reduce fever and swelling and reduce swelling in the joints. ...Read more

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Can i take vicodin 5/500 n ibuprofen 800 together?

Yes: I know this online forum is here to answer questions but i think it's also imperative that patients tell their physicians everything they're taking. And buy all their medications from same pharmacy so pharmacist can look for interactions too (doc should do so too). And in this day & age, patients have same access to drug interaction database as physicians. Yes, vicodin & Ibuprofen can be taken tog. ...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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What can I take for a headache when I can't take any over-the-counter motrin or advil (ibuprofen)?

Diagnose it!: The best way to treat your headache is to first get an accurate diagnosis which is beyond the scope of this answer. ...Read more

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Just finished a round of flagyl. I want to take Ibuprofen but read they aren't compatible to wait 48 hours?

Just finished a round of flagyl. I want to take Ibuprofen but read they aren't compatible to wait 48 hours?

Should be fine: Haven't heard of any significant interactions between ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and oral or gel metronidazole (Flagyl). There probably are non-significant little interactions among many of the common drugs we use, but we don't worry about non-significant little interactions because they generally don't cause problems or cause noticeble symptoms. ...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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