How Long Does Ibuprofen Take To Work?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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How long does ibuprofen take to work? It takes about 30 minutes for you to start feeling the effects of it, but it does vary from person to person though. Ibuprofen is estimated to be in your bloodstream at its peak for 1 to 2 hours. When it starts to work you will start to feel a decrease in pain and fever.

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Some of the factors that will dictate how quick it will work is based on:

  • your weight
  • the amount of dosage
  • if you have food in your stomach
  • your age
  • and what other drugs you are taking currently.

How Much Dosage?

  • it is advisable to not take more than 1,200 mg daily. And that equates to 6 pills per day.
  • over the counter ibuprofen is available at 200mg daily.
  • the people that should avoid taking ibuprofen is pregnant women if you have a peptic ulcer. Or if you just had a recent surgical procedure.

Some of the common side effects of Ibuprofen:

  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • indigestion
  • bloating
  • dizziness

It is dangerous to take too much ibuprofen and here are some of the side effects to that.

  • seizures
  • severe headache
  • black stool
  • low blood pressure
  • bloody urine
  • vomiting blood

Ibuprofen can negatively interact with other medications and if you are in the following categories, you should consult your doctor before taking ibuprofen.

  • age 60 years or older
  • heartburn
  • stomach pain
  • upset stomach
  • have a history of high blood pressure
  • have a history of heart disease and heart attack
  • have a history of liver disease
  • have history of kidney disease or kidney damage
  • have a history of asthma
  • If your taking blood thinning drugs.
  • If you are taking diuretics or steroids medications.

Why would you use Ibuprofen?

  • headaches
  • backaches
  • toothaches
  • menstrual Cramps
  • muscle aches and pains
  • minor Injuries

If you have pain and inflammation or a fever that is the only time you would ever use ibuprofen.  It is sold under the brand names of Advil, Motrin, and Midol. Doses of Ibuprofen have a tremendous number of anti-inflammatory effects.

“It takes about 30 minutes for you to start feeling the effects of it, but it does vary from person to person.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is Ibuprofen should only be taken if you have a fever, inflammation, or pain. Please make sure if you take it that you don’t exceed 1,200 mg per day which is about 6 pills per day. It is advisable not to take it for more than 10 days.

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