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Can you please tell me how over-the-counter motrin and prescribed motrin differ?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: None

Otc Motrin (ibuprofen) and prescribed Motrin have the same molecule and action.
Prescription medication can be in a higher dose per pill but you can take more otc meds to equal that. Always be mindful of the ability of these drugs to cause excess stomach acidity and ulcers especially in the elderly. You may need an acidic blocker for your stomach.

In brief: None

Otc Motrin (ibuprofen) and prescribed Motrin have the same molecule and action.
Prescription medication can be in a higher dose per pill but you can take more otc meds to equal that. Always be mindful of the ability of these drugs to cause excess stomach acidity and ulcers especially in the elderly. You may need an acidic blocker for your stomach.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Paul Reynolds
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Strength in dose

Otc Ibuprofen is 200 mg.
Rx is 400 - 800mg.

In brief: Strength in dose

Otc Ibuprofen is 200 mg.
Rx is 400 - 800mg.
Dr. Paul Reynolds
Dr. Paul Reynolds
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