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What are the long term side effects of Ibuprofen?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: Ive been taking a lot of ibuprofen this week because of body aches, but am afraid I might be going overboard with the amount. I have been taking 1,000 MGs every 5 hours, but sometimes it is a little sooner. Will this have any long term impacts? I dont want to hurt myself, but my pain this week has been intense and ibuprofen seems to be the only temporary solution.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
This is too much

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

you shouldn't have taken so much ibuprofen because when exceeding the daily dose you get more side-effects but no added efficiency. I can't say if you've hurt yourself or not. If you don't have any symptoms (particularly related to your stomach, like burning, black stool - bleeding etc) then you've got to do some biochemical tests to make sure that your liver and kidneys are intact.

The very basic tests include:
- urea
- creatinine
- sgot (ast)
- sgpt (alt)
- alp
- gamma-gt
- urinalysis

If any of the above is increased then other tests might be needed as well.
Regarding your pain you can add paracetamol (acetaminophen) to the regimen to potentiate the analgesic effect. Ibuprofen dosage has to be decreased. 400mg every 4-6 hours is a high enough dosage. You have to take less than 3000mg per day and preferably less than 1200mg.

Kind Regards!
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Brief Answer: This is too much Detailed Answer: Hello, you shouldn't have taken so much ibuprofen because when exceeding the daily dose you get more side-effects but no added efficiency. I can't say if you've hurt yourself or not. If you don't have any symptoms (particularly related to your stomach, like burning, black stool - bleeding etc) then you've got to do some biochemical tests to make sure that your liver and kidneys are intact. The very basic tests include: - urea - creatinine - sgot (ast) - sgpt (alt) - alp - gamma-gt - urinalysis If any of the above is increased then other tests might be needed as well. Regarding your pain you can add paracetamol (acetaminophen) to the regimen to potentiate the analgesic effect. Ibuprofen dosage has to be decreased. 400mg every 4-6 hours is a high enough dosage. You have to take less than 3000mg per day and preferably less than 1200mg. Kind Regards!