4 doctors weighed in:

Largest dose of ibuprofen one can take for severe swelling on elbow from a bad fall with large angry spreading bruise? 600 or 800mg?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Ibuprofen

Generally speaking 800mg of ibuprofen is a maximal single dose which can be taken up to three times in a day.
However use caution given the spreading bruise which suggests bleeding, as ibuprofen and other NSAIDS can lead to easy bleeding and perhaps worsen the situation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be a safer alternative for pain relief. Concern for fracture or more serious injury may warrant an x-ray.

In brief: Ibuprofen

Generally speaking 800mg of ibuprofen is a maximal single dose which can be taken up to three times in a day.
However use caution given the spreading bruise which suggests bleeding, as ibuprofen and other NSAIDS can lead to easy bleeding and perhaps worsen the situation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be a safer alternative for pain relief. Concern for fracture or more serious injury may warrant an x-ray.
Dr. Steven Saunders
Dr. Steven Saunders
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified,
11 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors