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jennifer75
02-14-2009, 03:20 AM
The packet says not to exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. I just popped my 7th. What's gonna happen? I neeeeeeeded it.

Fenika
02-14-2009, 03:26 AM
You'll develop exactly 10.5 ulcers and your joints will all collapse and fuse while your kidneys cry out at the cruelty of it all.

Sorry. More seriously- There are lots of side effects to advil. See if you can get a stronger drug with less side effects or switch to a COX2 (like advil but less side effects). Doctors often have samples to get you started too.

Jersey Chick
02-14-2009, 03:29 AM
From personal experience, Aleve works GREAT. Better than Advil. :)

Palmfrond
02-14-2009, 03:41 AM
A common prescription dose of ibuprofen is 800 mg every six hours. That's four of the over-the-counter pills every six hours. I took this much for six weeks around the clock when I broke my collarbone, no ulcer, but your mileage may vary.

Aleve works about the same for equivalent doses, is more likely to cause kidney problems, less likely to cause ulcers, but not a lot different.

Wayne K
02-14-2009, 03:49 AM
I ended up with kidney stones from popping them but I took around three times what you took for a few weeks. If you're going to exceed the dosage take lots and lots of vitamin c and drink tons of water.

Pagey's_Girl
02-14-2009, 03:56 AM
Nothing's happened to me yet from exceeding it at *ahem* certain times of the month....

jennifer75
02-14-2009, 04:04 AM
Yea, I take them (sometimes 3 at a time) at that time. I've got a nasty cold and my body aches worse than during childbirth. Well maybe not that bad.

I have used Aleve, but I prefer my Advil.

Wayne K
02-14-2009, 04:06 AM
Nothing's happened to me yet from exceeding it at *ahem* certain times of the month....

Weekends?

tjwriter
02-14-2009, 04:21 AM
Usually an OTC ibuprofen tablet has 200mg of active drug in it. As said upthread, docs prescribe 800mg tablets for certain conditions, such as childbirth.

I've been known to pop four of them (OTC 200mg that is) at a time during my special time as well.

IRRC, the nasty side effects usually come from taking high doses for a longer period of time such as a couple weeks.

I know way more about pharmaceuticals than I should, but alas I am not a doctor or pharmacist so take my words with some salt.

jennifer75
02-14-2009, 04:24 AM
Weekends?

Shameful as that is, yes, sometimes.

truelyana
02-14-2009, 04:27 AM
The packet says not to exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. I just popped my 7th. What's gonna happen? I neeeeeeeded it.

What are you expecting to happen? (Or whats happened already)

StoryG27
02-14-2009, 04:29 AM
I'm scared of medicine (no really, I am) so I've never been in your situation, but my sister used to pop Advils in her mouth like they were breath mints. Nothing ever happened to her, but I assume taking a lot could be dangerous, taking one too many is probably nothing. Or you'll shortly be arrested for abuse of nonprescription drugs. :D

jennifer75
02-14-2009, 04:30 AM
What are you expecting to happen? (Or whats happened already)

I don't know, but it didn't. ;)

Susie
02-14-2009, 04:41 AM
Gee, that must be some cold, jenn. You take care, k. ((((((HUGS))))))

SouthernFriedJulie
02-14-2009, 05:23 AM
From someone who has worked in health care- Nothing is going to happen as long as you do not exceed the prescription dosage amount routinely. Some stomach irritation may occur, much like with aspirin. Take with food or milk to offset this.

I don't like Wayne's vitamin C suggestion for more than a few days. Some recent studies have found that large doses of C can cause damage to the heart and on a DNA level if taken often. I feel like an ass by disagreeing with him, but I only disagree on the 'lots and lots' part. Taking 1000 mg a day would help, though. (I'm sorry Wayne!)

Another way to help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones is to drink a lot of water to flush your body. You should be drinking your 8 glasses anyway!

*Edit* A;so if you can, take Advil once, Tylenol next. This will keep you from any overdose problem in case you forget times.

Bayou Bill
02-14-2009, 05:25 AM
Jenn, taking up to twice the normal OTC dosage is "usually" safe. That tends to be the prescription strength for those drugs. Just be sure to take them after eating something, watch the intake of sodas, booze, and fruit juices but do drink plenty of water.

Bayou Bill :cool:

robeiae
02-14-2009, 05:26 AM
The packet says not to exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. I just popped my 7th. What's gonna happen?
This (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_UKZle04oFnc/SFdGKUPYevI/AAAAAAAAAqw/FjFvQ5Jhf4Q/s400/dope%2Bexploding%2Bhead.jpg).

Matera the Mad
02-14-2009, 08:39 AM
If taking large doses of vitamin C is that harmful, I'm a ghost.

If I didn't, I'd be looking for a painkiller if I could stay awake if I was still alive. Wottever.

Wayne K
02-14-2009, 08:44 AM
I don't like Wayne's vitamin C suggestion . (I'm sorry Wayne!)

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Et Tu Julie.

Jersey Chick
02-14-2009, 09:22 AM
Actually, this reminded me -

When my daughter was born (via C-section), my midwife forgot to get me a scrip for pain (she was an idiot in more ways than one), and told me to take 4 Advil at a time. I checked with my pharmacist (no offense to any docs here - but I tend to take the pharmacist's word over a doctor's) who said there shouldn't be any problem as long as it was just temporary.

That was 8 years ago and I'm alive and kicking and ulcer-free, with my own liver and everything, still.

JoeEkaitis
02-14-2009, 09:59 AM
Excessive use may lead to excessive use.

Lyra Jean
02-14-2009, 10:11 AM
This (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_UKZle04oFnc/SFdGKUPYevI/AAAAAAAAAqw/FjFvQ5Jhf4Q/s400/dope%2Bexploding%2Bhead.jpg).

I thought that's what happens when you eat Pop Rocks with Coke.

jennifer75
02-16-2009, 01:41 AM
From someone who has worked in health care- Nothing is going to happen as long as you do not exceed the prescription dosage amount routinely. Some stomach irritation may occur, much like with aspirin. Take with food or milk to offset this.

I don't like Wayne's vitamin C suggestion for more than a few days. Some recent studies have found that large doses of C can cause damage to the heart and on a DNA level if taken often. I feel like an ass by disagreeing with him, but I only disagree on the 'lots and lots' part. Taking 1000 mg a day would help, though. (I'm sorry Wayne!)

Another way to help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones is to drink a lot of water to flush your body. You should be drinking your 8 glasses anyway!

*Edit* A;so if you can, take Advil once, Tylenol next. This will keep you from any overdose problem in case you forget times.


Wow should I worry about the 2 1000mg tablets of Vit C that I took yesterday?

Eeegads. I'm just all about overdosing these days.

Susie - yea, it was a doozy. Yesterday I thought it was turning into a Sinus infection, and still have reason to believe its lingering...my eyes are funny, and my sockets kinda hurt. If that makes sense. My body feels better, it was aching real bad. Two nights sleeping with the heater 2 feet away really helped though. I'm advil free today. A little stuffy. Lots of ick coming out successfully, and I'm drinking lots of hott tea not so much cold water though. But I do feel better.

Rarri
02-16-2009, 01:54 AM
Technically, anything over the recommended daily dose is an overdose and can (legitimately) require medical attention.


I don't like Wayne's vitamin C suggestion for more than a few days. Some recent studies have found that large doses of C can cause damage to the heart and on a DNA level if taken often. I feel like an ass by disagreeing with him, but I only disagree on the 'lots and lots' part. Taking 1000 mg a day would help, though. (I'm sorry Wayne!)

It's interesting to read the studies of how (long term) theraputic doses of vitamin C (IE 3 gram) have benefited mental illness, schizophrenia inparticular. Sorry, bit random!

BenPanced
02-16-2009, 02:04 AM
A friend once thought he was having an acid flashback but was disappointed when we pointed out he'd only overdosed on Exedrin. Too much aspirin and caffeine'll do that to a guy.

Wayne K
02-16-2009, 03:40 AM
It's interesting to read the studies of how (long term) theraputic doses of vitamin C (IE 3 gram) have benefited mental illness, schizophrenia inparticular. Sorry, bit random!

Is that why they keep shoving it down my throat?

Rarri
02-16-2009, 06:28 PM
Nah, some psychiatrists are just a bit pill-happy :)

Wayne K
02-16-2009, 06:34 PM
Nah, some psychiatrists are just a bit pill-happy :)
They never prescribe the real pills that work. There's one for depression called "Get off your bum and do something" but the pharmaceutical companies don't get any money for that one.

ETA: Before anyone has a kneejerk reaction, I do know some depression is psychilogical, I'm referring to the average mundane depression.

Maryn
02-16-2009, 06:48 PM
If you need more power than an OTC painkiller can provide, get something stronger rather than taking more of the OTC stuff. You would, of course, experiment with other OTC drugs like Alleve, Nuprin, Tylenol, etc. Sometimes changing which you take helps. For some people, what works well enough on one kind of pain doesn't touch another.

As someone who took three times the recommended dosage for about one week of every month for years, on my doctor's recommendation, I would not advise routinely exceeding the dose.

It's impossible to pinpoint cause, but years of excess ibuprofen could be the reason I have the effect: liver disease. (Before anyone can ask, yes, I drink, but socially, perhaps 6 - 10 drinks in a typical month.) It's not something I recommend.

Maryn and her enlarged liver

SouthernFriedJulie
02-16-2009, 08:19 PM
Et Tu Julie.

I saaaaid I was sorry. :-(

SouthernFriedJulie
02-16-2009, 08:23 PM
Technically, anything over the recommended daily dose is an overdose and can (legitimately) require medical attention.



It's interesting to read the studies of how (long term) theraputic doses of vitamin C (IE 3 gram) have benefited mental illness, schizophrenia inparticular. Sorry, bit random!

The study I read was an offshoot of another, probably one you mention. Everything can kill you, ya know? A while back large doses of E was great, then researchers said it increased your chanes of death. Not a specific death, just death.

So maybe too much E will make a truck hit me

SouthernFriedJulie
02-16-2009, 08:24 PM
They never prescribe the real pills that work. There's one for depression called "Get off your bum and do something" but the pharmaceutical companies don't get any money for that one.

ETA: Before anyone has a kneejerk reaction, I do know some depression is psychilogical, I'm referring to the average mundane depression.

Nope, you are right for even more severe depression. It helped with my post partum depression.

sassandgroove
02-16-2009, 08:28 PM
sheesh now I'm worried.

Lyra Jean
02-16-2009, 08:32 PM
The study I read was an offshoot of another, probably one you mention. Everything can kill you, ya know? A while back large doses of E was great, then researchers said it increased your chanes of death. Not a specific death, just death.

So maybe too much E will make a truck hit me

I think the side effects of anything can be death. Look at Birth Control. Side effects include stroke, heart attack, and death. Wow, with side effects like that I think I'd rather be pregnant.

I've recently seen some meds for treating depression and a side effect is suicidal thoughts and increase chance of suicide. I thought the stuff was supposed to help you not hurry you on its way.

I just take Extra Strength Midol for that special time of the month. With my body size medication effects me very strongly so I don't like taking it. If a side effect is drowsiness I'm going to be out like a light for the next eight hours.

Don Allen
02-16-2009, 08:46 PM
I forget the guys characters name played by sean penn in fasttimes at ridgemont high,
but his rule for drugs seems very sound to me,,, "It's only an addiction if you do it for like six weeks," good advice.....

Rarri
02-16-2009, 09:24 PM
Part of the problem with meds for psychiatric problems is that the approach seems to be that mental illness is one entity, not taking into account the different illnesses that are triggered differently: hormones, genetics, environment etc.


The study I read was an offshoot of another, probably one you mention. Everything can kill you, ya know? A while back large doses of E was great, then researchers said it increased your chanes of death. Not a specific death, just death.

So maybe too much E will make a truck hit me

Definitely, side effect of life is death, in the end. But yes, anything can kill, whether that be water or heroin.

Calla Lily
02-16-2009, 10:51 PM
Side effects R Us here. I'm on Enbrel once a week, and one of the possible side effects is lymphoma (cancer). I also get killer migraines, and if I catch them early enough, I pop 8 advils at once, to hopefully not pop the prescription migraine pill.

Basically, since I'm (potentially) self-injecting death once a week, OTC probs don't phaze me.

Although, in response to the OP, when I did the 8 advils once, and then again 4 hours later, I did get a little logy. Bt it passed.