It is not recommended to use over the counter ibuprofen for more than 10 consecutive days unless directed by your doctor.
I had a tooth extracted on Monday and have been taking OTC ibuprofren (200 mg) every 4 hrs. This seems to help greatly with the pain. Can I take this much for a few days until the healing gets better?
As a general rule of thumb, over the counter ibuprofen should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible duration to reduce the risk of adverse effects.
Labeling for over the counter ibuprofen products recommend:
Taking ibuprofen for long periods of time increases the risk of several gastrointestinal related disorders, including ulcers and bleeds. Additionally, studies show it can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack.
Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It belongs to the propionic acid chemical class of NSAIDs. It is available generically and in several brand name products (e.g. Advil, Motrin).
Ibuprofen is utilized for many purposes, including for:
While effective, extended or chronic use of ibuprofen can result in a variety of side effects, including:
In fact, all NSAIDs carry an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal adverse effects including:
Prolonged use of ibuprofen can increase the risk of these adverse effects.
Due to the risks of ibuprofen use, it is important to use cautiously if you:
Ibuprofen, while available over the counter as 200 mg tablets, is also available in higher, prescription-only strengths:
If you are prescribed ibuprofen, it may be for longer than 10 days. However, 10 days of continuous use is the limit for over the counter use. A longer duration of therapy should only be at the direction of your doctor.
Additionally, the maximum daily dose for over the counter ibuprofen use is 1,200 mg. For prescription use, the maximum daily dose is 3,200 mg per day.