Ibuprofen 3x day/ for 3 days?
March 26, 2014 5:57 PM Subscribe
YANMD.... As I get older my menstrual cramps seem to be getting worse. How often / how long can I take ibuprofen every month without it being an issue?
posted by nakedmolerats to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be able to take 1-2 ibuprofen only when I had really bad cramps, but generally could make it through my period without needing a lot. The past year or so, it's crept up so that now I take up to the max recommended dosage of 6 pills a day, for 3-4 days in a row so that my workday doesn't suck real bad.
Am I doing any damage to myself by doing this? I space the pills out (the bottle says don't exceed 6 pills in 24 hours, so I usually divide by 8 hours... 2 pills at 7am, 2 at 3pm, and 2 at 11pm though I try to just do one at bedtime sometimes. Lately if I don't take pills before bed, I'll wake up in the middle of the night with bad cramps.
The bottle just says 'if you take them more than 10 days, consult your doctor' but I feel like taking the max dosage every day for 3-4 days in a row, every month might not be that great either.
FWIW I am not on any sort of birth control. I'm aware that this can reduce cramps but since I don't need birth control for actual contraception, I don't currently feel like my period is bad enough to take BC just for the side effects.
I am kind of a fretful person about taking medication and I know YANMD but just curious if other people routinely do this, have had any issues or have had a medical professional tell them not to do this.