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.


Please Log In or add your name and email to post the comment.

  • ANONYMOUS Oct.24 06:20
    I wanna die. I'm taking a handful of ibuprofen. Will that cause anything?
  • Anonymous Oct.22 16:44
    God is Not REAL. People should stop referring to him as a god because there is no god. I wanna die, someone help me find a way to die. Does anyone thing slitting your neck is better than hanging or vice-versa. Or both. Or should I just take a gun and shoot myself.
  • nigg3rd1ckOct.21 02:46
    bullet through the temple is a lot better then slowly dying over 4 hours because of an od
  • AmyOct.19 23:43
    I want to die
  • Jack Beckett Oct.14 15:56
    I took 1600mg of ibuprofen and i have had an erection for 5 days now. I took them because my ankle hurt and i needed to play in a football game. During the second quarter i got a raging boner and it would not subside. My trainer tried jerking me off to make it go away but even that would not help. My mom made me go to school on Monday and everyone was making fun of me because my penis is only 3 inches long when hard. If you are reading this I beg you not to take more than the recommended amount of ibuprofen. It has ruined my life. I don't know how much longer i can take this erection.
  • AnonymousOct.13 22:40
    Hi I'm 12 and my life sucks nobody really likes me I let my 7 year old sister get a boyfriend before me and I still never had one my older sister make funny of me and call me ugly and I use to lie a lot and because of that no one ever believes me and I really only think my mommy loves me and sometimes my dad my sisters and brothers usually get straight A's in sometime B's and they brag about i use to get not so good grades but now I get A's and B's and I don't think it's good enough for one of my older sister and my little sister they get straight A's and so they don't think my grades are going enough and I'm tried of it and my sister brags about all the medals and trophies she got and there was this one boy I liked and i thought he liked me back but one day I texted him I was nervous so I said it was someone else and I told him someone like him and I he guess me and said I am ugly so I said someone else and I still like him but I don't know why and my friends sometimes laugh at me makes funny one time they said my hair stinks and put hand sanitizer on it and I also have heart problems and headache that i take pills for and I had heart surgery so they can see what's wrong with me and some people think I'm faking it even though my doctors say I'm not and when people find that out about you they look at you different and stuff my life is a challenge and sometimes I have good days and sometimes I don't and sometimes my sister thinks she the boss of everything and sometimes I think about committing suicide I sometimes look in the mirror and talk to myself and think do I really want to do this I know my life sucks but there's others who's life is terrible and they can't do anything and I just think about doing a overdose and I'm 12 and don't look my age because of my height and my grandmother hates me she makes up lies about me and makes funny of me and I just don't know what to do with my life and just reading the comments made me stop it made question what I was about to do and once my brother told me about what they use to do to him and he said he just stop caring and stuff and now he have a son and a girlfriend and his life is ok and I just don't think killings myself is going to make everything better and every time I think about suicide God makes me find away not to I'm writing this to show killing your is not going to make anything better and thinking people lives would be better if you not in it that not going to make anything just stay strong and god will give you happiness and this is from a12 year old don't do it and forget what people are saying only your opinion matter so don't do and maybe you will have a better life
  • AminahOct.11 03:17
    I just got done taking a hand full of pills I really hope this work this time I cant live in this world no more people would tell me I have to handle this world on my our but I cant keep taking on this load no more im tied of living in this hell when can my happyness start
  • SophieOct.6 12:53
    How long would it take to kill me if i took around 150 to 200 tablets?
  • JennSep.27 17:34
    When I was 15, I tried to take two handfuls of Ibuprofen. I got all of them down, fuck if I know how many. Then, I went to a school event. I got there feeling nauseous, had blurred vision, and I couldn't even stand. My friend who was there saw me struggling and sat me down somewhere out of sight. This may not have been the best decision for me because over the next couple of years, I spiraled. I did drugs and many other things to try and end it. I am so glad none of it was successful because I am 18 now and I love my life. I have a thirst to learn; I love my college and my boyfriend. Things have gotten so much better for me because I have been constantly working to make my life the best it can be. I hope all of you guys find that enlightenment, because suicide is not the answer to your problems. So much has happened to me my life thus far, but I look to the future and know that things get better the more I make them better.
  • DelilahSep.19 17:56
    I want to die so bad. Help me
View All Comments /Add Comment