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Unread 06-19-2005, 03:40 PM
Ibuprofen question

All I need for pain now is ibuprofen. (LAVH 6/16/05) I can take 800 mg. every 8 hours. I am taking over the counter because it is cheaper, but I'm wondering if there is an advantage of taking 400 mg. every 4 hours or 600 mg. every six hours? Does it make a difference because you are still taking 2400 mg. every 24 hours. Just wondering if there are other opinions around.

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Unread 06-19-2005, 04:08 PM
Ibuprofen question

I took 400mg every 4 hours for the first week home, and started stretching it out to every six hours after that. I found in the early days I was waiting for that 4 hours so I could take some more. I think by about the 3rd week I was taking it just a couple of times a day.

My bottle says to take it every 4 hours, which to me says it wears off after that. Wouldn't 800 mg. taken all at once wear off after 4 hours too? So regardless of how much you need to take, if it wears off after 4 hours you'll still be going a couple of hours with no pain relief. That could be fine, depending on how much pain you're experiencing.

I know, clear as mud!

Unread 06-19-2005, 04:29 PM
Ibuprofen question

Thanks, HollyK. I guess that's the theory I was going on, too. My husband thought it may have something to do with the stomach...you know, maybe only having it mess with the stomach 3 times a day vs. 6 or more. Who knows, but I think it has more to do with not going over the mg. more than how often....at least that's what my guess is.

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Unread 06-19-2005, 04:43 PM
Ibuprofen question

Clear as mud is right Holly! And to top that, the doctors are prescribing different doses. My doctor said 800mg every 4 hours and that's what I did because the RX was too hard for me to swallow.

I did both to ween off, stretched the hours and took less. It's still pretty important not to have such high doses for a length of time. I needed it for about 3 weeks, then I tapered off to nothing. I do believe it stays in your bloodstream for quite awhile and I agree with you Donna, it's the mg per 24 hour that the Motrin folks must be worried about.

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Unread 06-19-2005, 04:56 PM
Ibuprofen question

Well, I was prescribe this as well as percocet (325 mg., 1-2 tabs., every 4-6 hours as needed), but I don't like the way it makes me feel...but now I'm getting pretty sore and am thinking about taking one (or 1/2) now.


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