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Old 08-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
In my younger days, I used to use Ibuprofen monthly for a period of two to three days. At the time my PCP had told me that up to 1800 units per day were safe, @Jinx, I am curious, do you know what the possible issues could be with this?
If you've had labwork since that shows normal kidney function then you wouldn't have anything to worry about. You'd generally have to take 2400 mg a day for quite some time, a couple of months, say, drink a lot of alcohol with it, get dehydrated, etc., but it CAN damage kidneys over time.

Case in point: I had a patient with pretty severe endometriosis who took 800 mg ibuprofen 3 x a day for a couple of years. She wound up getting a hysterectomy, but, by the time I began seeing her she had mild kidney failure and had to be very careful to keep her blood pressure low, watch salt, and drink plenty of fluids.
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