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Should I be concerned if I took 1600 mg of ibuprofen I took

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Should I be concerned if I took 1600 mg of ibuprofen? I took two 800mg tabs instead of one. I took it because of some inflamation and pain in my lower leg. I am 58, taking no other meds expect vitamins, 200 lbs.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Alex replied 5 years ago.

Hi,

Thank you for asking question to JA.

The usual dose of ibuprofen is 300 - 800 mg 3- 4 times daily or 4-6 hourly as necessary.
Total daily dose should not exceed 3200 mg.
The higher dose may have gastric irritation, gastrointestinal bleeding.
Watch for color of the stool, if it is black , indication of gastrointestinal bleeding.
You can take any OTC antacid to prevent gastric irritation.

I hope my answer is helpful.
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If you have more questions or need clarifications, I am happy to help.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Dear Dr. Alex,

 

Thank you for your quick reply. I feel much relieved. It's been an hour since I took the pills and I do not seem to have any stomach problems--I have been eating crackers and bread to make sure there is enough food in there with the pills. Do I need to see a doctor for treatment if my stools are black? Again, thanks for your prompt attention. I would definitely consider using just answer again.

Expert:  Dr.Alex replied 5 years ago.
Yes, you should consult doctor if there is black stool.
Any blood vomiting should need urgent ER visit.
It is also to mention that do not take pepto-bismol, iron preparations as they can cause blackening of stool.
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