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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  • VivianJan.16 22:36
    About 2 years ago I tried to kill myself by ODing on ibuprofen pills and a few others I found in my house. I'm not sure how many ibuprofen I took, but it was probably around half of a fairly large bottle. I took them at night, so I went to sleep about half an hour after taking them, probably around 11:30 PM. I woke up at around 5 AM, groggy, throwing up, and unable to register anything clearly. I couldn't even process the fact that I was throwing up, so I was actually lying in a pool of my own vomit for about an hour until my mom found me. My mom said that at around midnight I had been walking around and hallucinating, with no idea where I was. I was actually better by that afternoon, so this is a very very unreliable way of attempting suicide. I am currently looking for another way to kill myself now, but I wouldn't recommend this method to anyone.
  • your friendJan.15 20:04
    nobody should ever feel this bad where they want to kill themselves I'am not trying to preach or anything but do not do it I believe that everything happens for a reason and you may be feeling hopeless and lost but that will go away eventually I promise you it will help if you ask for help it may seem like nobody is on your side but you always will have somebody with you. God put you in this world for reason to live it to the fullest what's the point if your just going to waste it . Think about your option. If your thinking about this young, you never been in love never got married never been around the world you haven't done much live your life to the fullest and in time everybody will have their time but killing your self is not your time trust me. I'll always be there to help
  • IdkanymoreJan.14 18:37
    I just took a handful of high strength prescription ones hope I'll be dead soon
  • Kim Jan.10 06:53
    I'm not scard to die every since God took my daughter ...I will do anything till I finally succeed .I want to no longer be here.this is not my home.heaven is waiting on me.
  • Kylie HamiltonJan.2 23:56
    I'm being blackmailed and I've been abused my whole life and made fun of I wanna die so bad no friends no family no support what will be good enough to go through with this?
  • RachelDec.28 23:48
    I wanna do dis but my dog is obsessed with me (she has separation anxiey) and shes like the only one the loves me and i wanna die but i cant just leave her! I love her to death and i cant do that to her shes done nothing wrong
  • Lauren Dec.24 17:57
    I want to die. Everyone hates me. I hate me. My parents hate me. this is no longer a life worth living.
  • MEEEDec.16 00:44
    I just wanna die, don't go on about "god" because that's stupid, I only have a few pills of ibuprofen, i'm gonna try other pills, I just wonder what's gonna work!
  • LostgirlDec.2 04:04
    The pain is becoming unbearable
  • 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
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