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How often can you take ibuprofen?

What is the maximum amount you can take?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 10, 2020.

Official Answer


A healthy adult can take ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours. The maximum amount of ibuprofen for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day (4 maximum doses of 800 mg every 6 hours).

However, use only the smallest amount of ibuprofen (Advil) needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever.

Take ibuprofen with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.

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