Ibuprofen | How Much to take to Stop, Postpone Periods Safely?

tablets Stopping a period is a regular concern of many women especially those who are working ladies and have to interact with society time and again. Periods can be burdensome at times causing problems ranging from physiological to real. You may want to stop it because of cramping, bleeding and hindrance of normal life flow. There are many methods of stopping period which we have discussed in detail here How Can You Stop Your Period in What Ways & Steps?

In this article we will particularly focus on the dosage and usage of Ibuprofen for stopping periods. It must be kept in mind that this article is only concerned with providing information and not medical advice for that doctors need to be consulted and appropriate medications assigned. We will answer commonly raised question on this topic:

What does ibuprofen do?

Ibuprofen is a drug classified under the pharmacological category of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug). Other example of this category is aspirin. The medication is a famous Over the Counter Pill (OCP), which is readily available for pain management. This drug works by controlling different mechanism that mediates pain in body. Pain is actually mediated by different enzymes in body, the release of which trigger miscellaneous responses in body that cause pain. One such enzyme is prostaglandin.

Ibuprofen works by blocking the pathway (known as Arachidonic Acid Pathway) through which it reduces the amount of Prostaglandin in body. Reduction in enzymatic levels causes its functions to reduce. Among which are:

  • Triggering inflammatory mechanisms and causing pain.
  • Action on muscles of uterus causing menstruation by vasoconstriction of endometrial vessels during menstruation, increasing contractility of smooth muscles of myometrium (layer of uterus after endometrium), combined vasodilation by PGE2 and smooth muscle relaxation by PGI2.

Thus, by reducing these processes Ibuprofen:

How long does ibuprofen take to work?

Ibuprofen action is rapid and it may take multiple minutes in reducing pain symptoms.

How many Ibuprofens does it take to overdose?

Normal dosage of Ibuprofen for stopping the pain during period is 200 to 400 mg orally every 6 to 8 hours as needed. So to make it simple:

  • It is safe to take power ranging from 200 or 600 mg tablets thrice a day i.e. morning, evening and night or with and 8 hour break.

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Does Ibuprofen Stop Your Period?

Yes it does. We have mentioned the exact mechanism of action of Prostaglandins on smooth muscles of uterus which Ibuprofen stops. You can easily understand the process by reading it also. However, stopping the periods depends on many factors and there can be other reasons also. So it’s better to consult a doctor.

How many Ibuprofen can I take a day?

Exceeding the dosage of Ibuprofen then normal range is dangerous. Equally it is not suitable to take Ibuprofen regularly for stopping periods. Periods are a natural process which must ensue naturally. However, if you want to control the vaginal bleeding and reduce it there are many other better ways. Consult your doctor for that.

Can you take ibuprofen for menstrual cramps?

Yes, ibuprofen reduces the inflammation process which causes reduction in pain and menstrual cramps.

How often 800mg ibuprofen High can be taken?

Some researchers say that it’s safe to take 800 mg of Ibuprofen thrice a day. However it is better to reduce the power if you are taking it Over the Counter or without prescription of doctor. Normal dosage is mentioned above.

What are the Side Effects of Taking the Drug?

Using Ibuprofen for long may delay you periods but it comes with side effect. It is not recommended to use it regularly.

Major side effects associated with the drug are:

  • Ulcers of the stomach and intestine. Bloating, gas, constipation, Diarrhea.
  • Allergic reactions in few people.
  • Bleeding from pre-existing wound, in people with congenital disorders and taking blood thinning medication previously.

Other side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Signs of heart attack and stroke.
  • Mild to severe itching.
  • Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose.
Get emergency help in cases of abrupt emergencies.


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