How much ibuprofen?

Question

After trying several blood pressure medications, I began taking Nadolol (40 mg) about three years ago. While it works wonderfully for my blood pressure, I have headaches every day. I wake up with a headache, and it will continue all day – not a screaming headache, but constant, dull pain. I understand this type of medication is supposed to help with headaches. For relief, I usually take three to six Motrin. Would prefer to take Motrin every day, but am so afraid of what it will do to my stomach that I opt to have the headache every other day. How often can I take the Motrin without worrying about side effects. I know you can’t say with certainty, but would like a “ball park” opinion. Thank you.

Answer

HI Marilyn,

The amount of ibuprofen recommended to an individual patient all depends upon their age, kidney function, history of any bowel or stomach disease.  You should check with your doctor on the recommended dose.  However, for individuals under age 50 with no kidney or prior GI disease, a dose of 600 mg three times a day is reasonable.  But the kidney function and blood counts should be monitored.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.