Paracetamol and ibuprofen: How many painkillers can you take in ONE day?

Posted on Dec 30 2017 - 6:06pm by admin

However, it is important not to go over the recommended dose for each.

This is because if you take too many paracetamol it could prove fatal, or leave you with liver failure.

Similarly, taking high doses of ibuprofen for a long period of time could raise your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you believe you may have taken too many painkillers you should visit A&E straight away, and if possible take the paracetamol packet or leaflet with you.

But how many can you safely take in a day?

According to the NHS, you should never take more than eight lots of two 500mg paracetamol tablets within a 24-hour period.

Additionally, you should always leave four hours between paracetamol doses, and expect to wait up to an hour for it to have an effect.

Be careful if you are also taking migraine remedies or using cough or cold products, like Lemsip, as these contain paracetamol, and taking both at once could mean you risk an overdose.

For ibuprofen you should not take more than two 200mg tablets every four to six hours.

However, you shouldn’t take more than 1,200mg – or six 200mg tablets – within a 24 hour period. 

Its effects should be apparent quickly after you take it.

You should always follow the instructions on the accompanying leaflet for any painkiller.

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