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What is the maximum daily dosage for ibuprofen?

Patients should try and take as little ibuprofen as possible, as it can cause gastrointestinal and cardiovascular issues.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

The maximum daily dose of ibuprofen is 1,200 mg, which equates to about six regular-strength pills. Also, for chronic pain, you shouldn’t take it for more than 10 days. In fact, try not to take it more than three days a week. While taking ibuprofen, make sure to monitor your blood pressure, especially if it tends to run too high.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

The maximum daily dose for ibuprofen is different for children and adults. The dose will depend on the symptoms being treated, but the maximum does not change.

The maximum dose of prescription ibuprofen for adults, elderly adults and adolescents is 3200 mg per day, divided into three or four doses. The maximum dose of over-the-counter ibuprofen for the same groups is 1200 mg per day divided into three or four doses. The maximum dose for children is based on body weight: 50 mg/kilogram (22.7 mg/pound) per day or up to 2400 mg per day, divided into three or four doses.

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