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Old 09-11-2006, 08:25 PM   #1
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Ibuprofen - Long Term Use

Hello. I have been taking 800mg of Ibuprofen 3 to 4 times a day for TMJ pain for the past two months. My doctor says that as long as it doesn't hurt my stomach, that medically I can take it that often at that dosage. But, I am worried about long term use and the side effects. Does anyone know what the long term side effects are

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Old 09-11-2006, 10:19 PM   #2
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I took ibuprophen 600 3/4 times a day for about 5 months and ended up having to get scoped upper and lower, ya know what i mean?? I had a whopper of an ulcer, inflamed esophagus with irritated bowel syndrome. i was so sick to my stomach, i couldnt eat and constantly felt like vomiting when i did. aspirin will do the same unless its coated, i'm told. lmhope

 
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Re: Ibuprofen - Long Term Use

Ibuprophen can cause liver damage same as many other pain killers. Tylenol also will cause liver damage. Taken occasionally in moderation for short period of time may not cause problems.

 
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WOW - this is good to know. My husband takes 800mg a day and also drinks about 8 -10oz of bourbon every night. I wonder what is happening to HIS liver? Seems OK so far and his been doing this for years.....

 
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Re: Ibuprofen - Long Term Use

The bourbon alone is doing plenty of damage to his liver and the meds will increase the damage.

Many times we do not know what or how much damage is done until it is too late.

 
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Re: Ibuprofen - Long Term Use

i just wanted to mention that the kidneys are also affected by ibu,it is not just the liver.it also thins out the blood just like aspirin does.in the kidneys,when they are being hit by high doses of ibu or tylenol on a regular basis,it can cause whats called analgesic nephropathy.the higher the daily dose the higher the risk of damage.and on a chronic basis(everyday)it can lead to tissue death within both organs.it all depends on how well your body actually continues to metabolize it.adding alcohol is just asking for trouble as the liver gets hit with that double whammy.there is a chemical within the liver called gluthithione(i know i spelled that wrong) but there is only a certain amount within the liver to metabolize what ever comes into it,once that is actually used up,cell death can result as there is no more "metabolizer" left.in the kidneys,a very similar thing can happen.

this also can cause you some major GI problems,most notably,the ulcer from the caustic effects it has on the stomach lining.tylenol and ibu are NOT innocuous meds like everyone has thought all of these years,if used once in a while,thats okay,but when you are using any med chronicly,it can cause definite damage,even within the normal dosing ranges.it has that cumulative effect.

i can explain it in much further detail but suffice it to say,you may either want to lower your daily intake of the ibu or try introducing another med to replace one or two doses of the ibu.i would have a serious heart to heart with your doc about your current pain plan.there are other options.have you ever tried naproxen sodium?aleeve is only dosed twice a day,that would be a much better med.but only if it would actually work on your pain.

i would have your doc either consult with a good pain clinic on better choices for your pain,or maybe have him send you to one if your pain is not expected to get any better in the near future.they can use a mix of meds and therepys and other options besides just plain meds to give you the relief you need,without risking damage to many body organs.just a suggestion.i know how much living with chronic pain just sucks,but trying to find that right balance of pain relief without body organ damage is really the big thing here.i do wish you lots of luck here in finding some alternatives.and your doc should know better than to tell you that the large amount of ibu he is Rxing for you wont hurt you,except for the GI problems.please let me know how things go.FB
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Re: Ibuprofen - Long Term Use

I concurr, you do not want to be taking Ibuprofen in that high of dose. For at max a two week time spand to combat inflamation, but 800mg 3-4 times a day is still excessive. Your doctor is wrong! Go see someone else immediately.

 
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