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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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Last week, we discussed/reviewed the basics of Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Now, you are able to take this drug without fear!

Let’s discuss Ibuprofen this week.

Ibuprofen-DosageAs you may recall, Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of OTC medications used to decrease mild-moderate pain, reduce fever, and decrease inflammation without the worrisome effect of steroids.  Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Caldolor, Midol, etc.,), Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox, etc.,), Aspirin (Zorprin, Bayer aspirin, St. Joseph aspirin, etc.,), among others are in this class of drug. Acetaminophen is NOT a NSAID.

Ibuprofen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal recommended amount of this medication. Your ibuprofen dosage will depend on various factors, including age, weight, and what is being treated.  Below are the generally recommended dosages listed by age.  However, be sure to read the cautions below, and remember to take the minimum dosage that is effective. Be sure to take with a glass of milk or food, to protect your stomach from bleeding (see video below for more info)

motrin1Children under 12: Motrin is generally used for fever, pain and/or arthritis. Please consult with a Pediatrician and follow guideline chart given.

Adult (12 and up):

Fever:  200-400mg orally every 4-6 hours as needed.
Pain:  200-400mg every 4-6 hours as needed.  There is no evidence that a higher dosage will provide more relief.
Arthritis:  Be sure to talk to a doctor who knows your medical history.  The usual dose is 400-800mg every 6-8 hours initially, increased to a maximum of 3200mg per day divided into 3-4 equal doses.

  • Be sure to read labels carefully.
  • Adults should never take more than 800mg per dose or 3200mg per day.
  • Ongoing or regular use carries its own risks.
  • Again, Be sure to take with a glass of milk or with food.

Please see video below.

Ibuprofen (Motrin)

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physicians Desk … Weekly Blog!

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Medication mistakes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States…causing over 200,000 deaths, but could be higher as many go unreported. One-third of Americans take 5 or more medications and with the aging Baby Boomers population, some are taking 10 or more medications increasing the possibility for errors!

I cannot emphasize this enough…please pay attention to your prescription medications. Ask your doctor:

  1. What is the name of the medication? (spell it out and write it down!)
  2. What is the dose that you are giving me?
  3. How many time per day should I take it?

Medmistakes

After initial pick up at the pharmacy, note the name spelling, color, shape and size. Always check your refills carefully and compare to previous prescriptions.

Take note and be careful…your life could depend on it!

Click video below to watch.

 FDA: Drug Info Rounds 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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