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Is it safe to take Advil four tablets every eight hours for the Migraine headache without any ide effects?

My son is currently taking Fioricet for migraines that he has frequently - literally on a daily basis. Neurologist currently has him on Divalproex SOD DR 250 MG.
Fioricet only relieves his headaches about 50% - Pharmacist recommended Advil Migraine and for him to take 4 capsules every 8 hours or to try and take Aleve. - Advil bottle says to take only 2 capsules every day.
Q is - Can he safely take 4 capsules every 8 hours?
Wed, 8 Jan 2014
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Hi,

If the dose of 1 capsule of Advil Migraine is 200 mg of Ibuprofen, then, can safely take 4 capsules every 8 hours as it will be a total of 800 mg per day.

If the dose is 400 mg, then should take 2 capsules per day, making a total of 800 mg per day.

I'd suggest not to take Fioricet if you take Advil Migraine to avoid complications.

All the best!
Dr.Alba
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Is it safe to take Advil four tablets every eight hours for the Migraine headache without any ide effects?

Hi, If the dose of 1 capsule of Advil Migraine is 200 mg of Ibuprofen, then, can safely take 4 capsules every 8 hours as it will be a total of 800 mg per day. If the dose is 400 mg, then should take 2 capsules per day, making a total of 800 mg per day. I d suggest not to take Fioricet if you take Advil Migraine to avoid complications. All the best! Dr.Alba