How Many Ibuprofen Can I Take A Day?

Ibuprofen is a class of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to suppress the hormones that are responsible for pain, inflammation and swelling of body as a result of fever, toothache, headache, menstrual cramps, arthritis and other minor injury. However, excess consumption of this class of drug can harm your health. Hence, the dosage must be in accordance with a physician’s prescription after the right diagnosis.

How Much Ibuprofen Is Safe?

The ceiling dosage or the safety standards recommended by the manufacturers for usage among adults are, 800 mg per dosage or 3200 mg per day, equivalent of 4 dosages. Ibuprofen is manufactured in several varieties, an oral suspension, chewable tablets, gel caps and infant drops. The oral suspension must be shaked before comsumption and using a measuring spoon or a medicine cup draw the right quantity before consumption. The chewable tablets are to be chewed well before swallowing for effective response.

The long-term consumption of this pill can result in side effects that are moderate to aggressive in nature. Sometimes, the side effects can be fatal too if they are ignored. You are suggested to visit a doctor periodically if you regularly consume Ibuprofen.

Who Should Not Take this class of NSAID’s?

  • If you are allergic to the NSAID class of drugs, then you are required to disclose the details to the physician at the time of consultation.
  • If you are a pregnant woman or planning to get pregnant, then you are advised to stay off this medication. It is revealed in the study, that the fetus can be harmed during the final three months of the pregnancy if the parent is undergoing Ibuprofen medication.
  • Children younger than three months must not be given Ibuprofen, especially if the child has Asthma or other illness.
  • If you already have stomach ulcers or have been recently subjected to surgery, then you must avoid taking Ibuprofen.

How Many Ibuprofen Can I Take A Day?

Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

Women suffering from the menstrual discomfort are advised to take this medication to suppress the pain. Oral consumption of 200-400 mg every 6-8 hours or as per the physician’s prescription is ideal.


Pain and stiffness in the limbs occurring in middle-aged and older patients due to degeneration of joint cartilage and underlying bones are advised to take Ibuprofen to reduce the pain and swelling. Initially, the patients can consume 400-800 mg every 6-8 hours. If the patient responds positively and is stable, then the dosage can be elevated to 3200mg

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The chronic disease causing pain in the ankles, wrists, feet and fingers due to inflammation is effectively dealt with the Ibuprofen which relieves them of the pain. The patient is prescribed a dose of 400-800 mg every 6-8 hours and can be gradually elevated to 3200 mg if the treatment response is well sustained.

The suitable dosage for the infants and children suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis are 30 mg/kg to 50 mg/kg. If the disease is mild in nature, then the dosage can be limited up to 2 mg/kg.

General Headache And Migraine

For headaches and migraines, the prescribed dosage is 200-600 mg 3 times a day, which can be increased to 1200 mg depending on the patient’s response and stability, but for headaches the medication must not exceed 7 days. Migraines can cause the patient to spew up, and medications may not effectively work because they are not well absorbed by the body.

For Pain

Patients are prescribed Ibuprofen for suppressing pain. Nature of the pain can range from mild to moderate, and the dosage is oral intake of the medication up to 400 mg every 4-6 hours. However, the dosages exceeding the specified limit are not known to bring relief to the pain. They may be less effective. It is important that the patients being administered Ibuprofen through IV are required to remain sufficiently hydrated before the administration of the Ibuprofen.

Pediatric dose for pain among the age group of 6 months to 11 years of age is 10 mg/kg of ibuprofen administration every 6-8 hours, but do not exceed beyond 40 mg/kg per day in infants and young children


For subjects having a fever, the recommended dosage is 200-400 mg at every 4-6 hours interval. They can be modified by taking 100-200 mg every 4 hours. Patients suffering from the fever can also take the Ibuprofen via IV administration.

In case of fever development in infants greater than 3 months, the dosage is 5 mg/kg, the safe dosage for the age group of 3 months to 11 years old with body temperature over 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit is 5 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg.

Other illnesses that can be treated with Ibuprofen are

Cystic Fibrosis

It is a reoccuring respiratory disease caused by blocking of the pancreatic ducts, intestines and bronchi due to the production of the thick mucus substance. The Ibuprofen is used to treat the condition. It is used to slow the progression rather than muting it. The serum concentration is maintained by taking 50-100 mcg/mL twice every day. It is also recommended for young patients under 11years with mild lung disease.

Side Effects Of Ibuprofen

Intense Response To The Medication

  • You will experience loss of strength, vision or balance;
  • Chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, dark colored vomit;
  • Swelling of the inner body, face and tongue;
  • Blistering, rashes, internal bleeding, itching, nausea, dark colored urine or bloody stool;
  • Fever, headache, chills and sensitivity to light or convulsions;
  • Tingling of body parts, pain, numbness, jaundice and muscle weakness.

Less Intense Response To The Medication

  • Upset Stomach, feeling bloated, gas, heartburn;
  • Diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, skin itching, rashes, blurred vision, ringing in the ear.

It is possible to have other side effects too. It is thus recommended to consult your doctor in case of an emergency, and it is important not to opt for self-medication. It can be dangerous. Sometimes taking a combination of medicines can cause adverse reaction and may result in violent allergic response.

Things To Inform A Doctor

  • If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAID class of drugs;
  • If you are having a history of heart complication, heart surgery and if you are already taking heart-related medications.
  • If you use blood thinners and steroids it is important that you inform the doctor about it.