I have a bad tooth ache and took 2 500mg tylenol extra strength. Its been 5 hours and I want to take 2 800mg ibuprofen. Is it safe or do I have to wait the whole 6 hours?
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It is safe to take Tylenol and Ibuprofen together at the same time for pain. They both work in slightly different ways to relieve the pain
Assuming you are a healthy adult for tooth ache you could take 2 Tylenol 500mg every 6 hours with a maximum daily dose of 8 tablets a day (or for extra pain relief you could take Tylenol with codeine ). Along with Ibuprofen 200 to 400 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Higher doses of ibuprofen are used to treat moderate pain from arthritis, period pain or flare ups of chronic diseases. The higher ibuprofen dose may be helpful for your tooth ache but I would recommend that you try the lower dose first as recommended above. If your tooth ache persists you may need to see a dentist.
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