N2SHAPE Medication of the Week – Advil

Little Note from Ellen

Ibuprofen has always been my friend. When I was younger, it helped me through my hangovers. And now, that I am older, it helps me through my aches and pains with the onset of osteoarthritis in my knees (Yes, but I’m even more active with it because if not, it will only get worse). I get worried often that I may be taking too much of it because sometimes the pain is unbearable. So, I did a bit of research on ibuprofen (Advil) that I wanted to share with you below…..

1. Ibuprofen Soothes Inflammation
Ibuprofen is one of the most popular pain killers available on the market. It’s a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), so it’s good for treating the symptoms of arthritis, such as swelling, aches, inflammation and irritation in tissues an d joints. If you’ve got rheumatoid, juvenile or osteoarthritis, remember that drugs containing ibuprofen like Motrin or Advil won’t cure your condition–they’ll help you manage its symptoms, but only as long as you keep taking them.

2. Find the Dosage That’s Right For You
Available as both an over-the-counter and a prescription drug ibuprofen has varying dosage options. If you’re using ibuprofen without a doctor’s guidance, a typical dose usually ranges between 200 and 400 mg, with effects lasting up to 8 hours. Unless you’ve got a prescription stating otherwise, the maximum daily dosage for adults is 1200 mg. However, your20doctor may prescribe up to 3200 mg a day, depending on the severity of your condition.

3. Have a Snack With Your Ibuprofen
Be sure to eat some food or drink some milk when you take your ibuprofen. Like other NSAIDs, ibuprofen has been known to occasionally cause gastrointestinal problems, ranging in severity from upset stomachs to ulcers and internal bleeding. Although this is rare, ibuprofen may also create holes in your stomach that can lead to death. Quit takin g ibuprofen and call your doctor immediately if you experience stomach20pain, heartburn or have dark, bloody vomit.

4. Keep an Eye on Your Ticker
Ibuprofen may also increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Although the evidence isn’t entirely conclusive, research suggests that people who’ve already had a heart attack or a stroke are more likely to experience problems with the medication.

5. Look Out For Anaphylaxis
Allergic reactions to ibuprofen are very rare, but when they do occur they can be life-threatening. Wheezing, difficulty breathing, breaking out in hives and facial swelling are common symptoms of anaphylaxis, a severe kind of allergic reaction.

Ellen YatesN2SHAPE, Inc.www.n2shape.comwww.n2shape.blogspot.com(703)9064413

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