I've been taking 1200 mg/day for a couple of weeks now in an effort to reduce inflammation in my elbows. It's helping, certainly, but I know brufen can cause or exacerbate stomach problems. I don't have any belly problems at the minute, apart from a little too much fat there. I always take the brufen with food.
How long do you reckon it's OK to brufen up for?
BTW - I'm also doing the rest/ice/heat/stretching/massage thang.
Ask your doctor a medical question about your particular health/medical problems.
I have been told to take more than the package-recommended dose only for 10 days at a time by my doctor, never longer, but 1200mg/day isn't a huge amount, either. For 10 days at a time some people take 600 or 800 at a time, 4x/day.
OTOH, a friend's teenage daughter is in the local hospital because she took too much ibuprofen, and it's apparently not an uncommon condition here in high-pressure suburbia where headaches are common. I don't know how much she took or for how long, but I mention this only to say that problems from too much ibuprofen aren't just fiction. I believe liver damage, not stomach problems, are the real long-term concern.
There are medications available here in the US that are OK to take for long term inflammation - might be worth discussing them with a doctor.
Some random thoughts. Are you doing glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM? Some people do long term NSAID's. Has your doctor suggested a short course of corticosteroids? Why 1200mg...the max effective dose is 2400mg/day.
Mel said something interesting on Supertraining recently. He said that response to glucosamine is dosage-dependant (which varies from individual to individual), and that most people don't take enough to do any good. He said that, by gradually increasing the dose, you'll find a threshold level that produces obvious relief of symptoms (rather than the usual advice of taking it for 3 months or more and not expecting to notice any effect).
That is interesting. I take a baseline amount daily...1000mg...and up it to 3000mg/day when the creaky joints act up. Next time, I'll keep 'upping' it to see it magadoses work better.
Yes, of course, but I don't take absolutely EVERYTHING my doctor says as gospel. He'd never heard of glucosamine or MSM, and docs are, IME, a conservative bunch, so I thought I'd see what the good folks here thought.
No, but it's the package-recommended dose here.
For 10 days at a time some people take 600 or 800
Yes, I've read that. I wasn't thinking of LONGTERM longterm, more shortterm longterm, maybe a month.
Partly. 4 - 5 g glucosamine daily.
No. That's got the word 'steroid' in it, and I don't want to get too big.
Why do I feel compelled to put a smiley after that? Should I just hope my GSOH is understood by now?
Well, it's what the doc said, and it is having the desired effect.
...the max effective dose is 2400mg/day.
A general practitioner is not a joint specialist. Have you seen a specialist about the long-term pain in your elbows?
Add the chondroitin and MSM. Maybe work better. Not very expensive. Talking in short sentences.
Yes. You funny. I kill you last.
But, seriously...a short course of oral decadron/methylprednisolone/cortisone can drastically reduce the inflammation, and the reduction of inflammation can last months, or years in some cases. It's just a bit catabolic, but for a 5 day course, so what?
Remember, docs don't know everything, except Lysis, my hero.
And I misspoke there. Max effective dose is 3200mg/day. Sometimes, 800mg every 6 hours for 3-4 days can make a big difference in the inflammation, and allow you to sort of cycle the ibuprofen.