How to take Ibuprofen

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 23, 2022
How to take Ibuprofen
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Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used drugs to relieve mild to moderate pain such as dental discomfort, post-operative pain, headaches or menstruation pain as well as a treatment for fever, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other joint pain, and also to treat soft tissue injuries such as sprains, tendonitis among other conditions. It belongs to the group of drugs called non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and are sold in different forms: tablets, sachets with effervescent granules, coated or or dispersible tablets. If your doctor has prescribed this medicine and you do not know how to take it, in this OneHowTo article, we explain how to take Ibuprofen 400 mg tablets, 600 mg tablets and 600 mg effervescent granules.

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Steps to follow:


With any variant of Ibuprofen for a serious condition, you should consult your doctor before taking it to ensure you can take it and which dosage is the most appropriate for your treatment. It is very important not to interrupt the treatment once started and not to take double doses if you forget to take them. And, if you're a pregnant woman, it is not recommended to take Ibuprofen because it could harm the foetus.


For taking 600 or 400 mg ibuprofen tablets the maximum daily dosage for adults is 2,400 mg, ie four tablets per day of 600 mg or six of 400 mg. In any case, you must take one tablet every 6-8 hours, depending on the intensity of the pain.

In adolescents of 14-18 years of age, maximum dosage is 1,600 mg daily, i.e., they should take a maximum of two and a half tablets of 600 mg or four tablets of 400 mg a day, with an interval of 6-8 hours between doses.


Ibuprofen 600 mg or 400 mg coated tablets are presented in the form of coated tablets to protect them from moisture and air. The recommended daily dosage of coated tablets is 1200 mg in adults, divided into two doses of 600 mg or three doses of 400 mg. In cases where you have a more intense pain, the dosage may be increased to 2400 mg (four 600 mg tablets or six 400 mg), but never exceed this amount.


Ibuprofen 400 mg orodispersible tablets are those given in pill form, usually rounded, which can not be swallowed or chewed. The right way to take this type of tablets is to press them against the palate with the tongue and allow them to dissolve in the mouth. If you wish, you can drink a glass of water after it has dissolved. If you do not like the taste of this drug, you can dissolve it in a glass of water and drink it immediately. You should take it with meals or milk. In adults, it is recommended to take one tablet of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours, without exceding three pills a day. Thus the maximum daily amount is 1,200 mg.


When taking Ibuprofen 600 mg in sachets of effervescent granules, you must dissolve the contents into a glass of water and drink immediately. In adults, the maximum daily dose is 2,400 mg, i.e. four sachets a day. Teens of 14-18 years may not exceed 2 packets daily. In all cases, it is recommended to take a sachet about every 6-8 hours, depending on the intensity of pain.


Ibuprofen use is not recommended in children under 14 without first consulting your doctor. The elderly over 60 years of age should visit their doctor to prescribe the maximum amount of this medicine, since it will depend on the ailment.

For the side effects of Ibuprofen, consult the article: Ibuprofen: Advice, uses and side-effects.

And, for alternative solutions, visit our article natual alternatives to Ibuprofen.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Is it safe to dissolve 800 mg of ibuprofen oval shaped tablets in a teaspoon of water so it wrks faster?
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There is no problem as long as you only take one dose every 8 hours. You can take paracetamol 4 hours after taking ibuprofen if you like too.
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