Ibuprofen is one of the commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to reduce fever, pain and inflammation in the body. It is often taken as a remedy for headaches, toothache, arthritis, back pain, menstrual cramps, and minor injuries. Some people take ibuprofen regularly, but how many ibuprofens does it take to die?

How Many Ibuprofens Does It Take to Die?

Ibuprofen is considered as a safe drug, and is commonly found in many medicine cabinets. However, just like all drugs, it should be taken as directed on the medication’s label, or as your doctor prescribed it. It should not be used in larger doses or for longer periods than recommended. You must also use the smallest dose necessary to obtain relief from your fever, pain, or swelling.

Can you overdose on ibuprofen? For adults, the maximum dose of ibuprofen is 800 milligrams (mg) per dose. It may be taken up to a maximum of four doses per day or a total of 3200 mg daily. If you take too much ibuprofen, unpleasant side effects may develop and this may require immediate medical attention.

How much ibuprofen can kill you? Animal research shows that the lethal dose that kills 50% of test animals (LD50) of oral ibuprofen is 636 mg/kg. If this value is applied to humans, it may take 191 tablets (200mg/tablet) or a total of 38,160 mg for a 60-kg man to die from acute ibuprofen overdose. The effects of ibuprofen at lesser doses (600-800mg) also include upset stomach, which can lead to internal bleeding and death, over a long time. Taking higher doses (1200-1600mg) can make you sick and throw up, but not enough to kill you at once.

Personal Experiences on Ibuprofen Overdose

How many ibuprofens does it take to die? Here are some experiences shared by people who tried to overdose on painkillers like ibuprofen.

“I survived taking over 22,000mg of painkillers by will power. I ingested about 12,000mg of ibuprofen in one night and about 10,000mg over a period of three weeks.” – Ellen B.

“It is not easy to die of ibuprofen overdose. I tried taking 56 tablets all at once, 10 Advils and other drugs. I did not die, but the pain was like someone was stabbing your body.” – Jack T.

“I tried taking 95 ibuprofen pills and felt a lot of chest pain. I have not gotten any sleep and I wanted to kill myself.” – Cindy R.

What Can Ibuprofen Overdose Do to You?

Overdosing on ibuprofen can have the following side effects:

Digestive Disorder

Ibuprofen is toxic and can damage the intestinal tract, which may cause severe stomach pain and internal bleeding of the stomach or intestines. Heartburn can also be caused as high dose of ibuprofen can increase the acid production in the stomach. You may also experience diarrhea and bloating.


Difficult Breath

Ibuprofen, when taken in large doses, can depress respiration and cause difficult or slow breathing, accompanied by wheezing and cough.


Ringing in the Ears

Some people experience buzzing or ringing in their ears (tinnitus) after taking large doses of ibuprofen. Other sensations include hissing, whistling, clicking, or roaring in the ears. These may affect one or both of your ears and can result in difficulty hearing or concentrating.


Blurred Vision

Vision problems can occur after ingesting too much of the drug. Blurring or seeing double can make you dizzy, lightheaded and unable to walk normally.



Drowsiness is another possible side effect of taking excessive amounts of ibuprofen. In severe cases, you can faint or lose consciousness after an overdose.



A person may appear confused, incoherent (difficult to understand), or agitated after taking too much ibuprofen. You can also develop headaches and poor coordination.



Tremors, convulsions, or seizures characterized by uncontrollable body shaking can also occur after ingesting large amounts of ibuprofen. These may be followed by loss of consciousness and coma.

What to Do If Someone Overdoses on Ibuprofen


If you or someone you know has taken large doses of ibuprofen, call the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) and seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of overdose may include severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, profuse sweating, bloody/black stools, shallow breathing, coughing up of blood, loss of consciousness, or coma.

In the emergency room, you may be given liquid charcoal to absorb the drug and prevent it from entering your systemic circulation. Gastric lavage may be done if you have taken potentially life threatening doses. Ibuprofen overdose can also land you into a mental hospital if you are suspected of attempted suicide.


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  • Charity OliverNov.29 00:36
    Well I took 190 just a few mins ago they are the pm ones 200mg I am sovready to quit feeling how long does it take and did I take enough
  • Charity OliverNov.29 00:32
    I took about 190 ibuprofen gel caps pens will it get the job done
  • ....Nov.27 03:43
    I just want to ask this one thing. I guess I get verbally abused by both of my parents only my dad and step mom. Me and my dad never get along and he's always saying that I'm going to end up in the streets or become a hooker. All he does is cuss me out. He always calls me a fucken bitch. Now that he swears at me all the time, my stepmom feels that it's okay to do what my dad does to me. She always comes up to my room and just yells at me when she mad. She lets all her anger out on my younger siblings too. Whenever me and my parents get in a fight there always saying "what's the point of u living here when u do nothing?" Or " U CAN GET OUT OF MY HOUSE BECAUSE ITS MY HOUSE AND I PAY FOR IT!" Most times i don't even bother to ask for lunch money because they're way to stingy with their money. I really want to leave and never come back. I could live with my real mom that's supporting me on whatever that happens. But she lives down south and I really don't want to leave my school because I just made new friends and I don't already want to lose them. They said it'd be different without me there. I just really want to kill myself at this point.
  • Jack HernandezNov.20 02:26
    If you want to die at least do something first. Hitchhike toAfrica or something, you'd probably die if you did something risky. Suicide by adventure. Try it.
  • AshleyNov.17 01:51
    I just try to stay close to God and be comfortable with what I have. My life was worthless once too because I had no pets or friends and my parents were mean to me cuz they were immature and also didn't know I'm autistic so didn't know why I had mental meltdowns and just didn't understand I couldn't control myself when I was younger and also I'd cry, plus I bottled up my emotions (and still do) but I've prayed and stayed strong and now I have a sister and some friends and a hermit crab named Hairy and go to a good school and we've all grown up a bit. Btw don't lose hope, and don't think it didn't take 6 years to have happiness cuz it did. I would've been more likely to die of mental illness back then which is where you're so depressed you just give up the will to live; you start getting physical illness and problems until it gets so bad you eventually die.
  • GinaNov.14 03:49
    People, you are loved. I promise, people care about you and brighter days are ahead. Keep breathing....
  • KrisNov.14 03:45
    I've been trying to kill myself for a month straight now. I've tried asphyxiation, drinking 340mL of water, ingesting 20 tablespoons of salt, and honestly it'll be a miracle if this works. I have every pill that I own in my hand right now, my note is on my desk, and I'm sitting in the dark hoping I have the guts to do this.
  • ParisNov.13 03:45
    IF YOU KILL YOURSELF THEY WILL WIN!!! Whoever is bullying you or think you'd be better off dead it's not worth it! I personally am battling suicide. I get through everyday by not letting them win the suicide thoughts and those people who think I should die.
  • My dad Nov.4 23:16
    I can't wait too die this world is to messed up lol
  • I'm going to commit suicide i dont love my self not even anyone .
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