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Old 04-24-07, 05:33 PM   #1
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Riding after taking advil

I was at the beginning of a long ride when I got a toothache (don't ask). I had some advil on the bike and took one. Not only did the toothache go away, but I managed to finish the ride feeling fresher than I usually do. While I doubt it had anything to do with advil (I ate a lot of food during the ride), I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience.

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Old 04-24-07, 06:27 PM   #2
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Advil is ibuprofen - an anti-inflammatory. Sometimes on longer rides I take 1 or 2 tablets (200-400 mg) at the half-way point. It helps me finish without some of the soreness I sometimes get.

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Old 04-24-07, 08:00 PM   #3
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During my Lake Erie tour I took Advil to help with an ankle problem. Here are some comments from the end of that tour related to Advil.

(quote from http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...ge_id=7015&v=1 )

As it turns out Advil itself can increase blood pressure. Here's a website that contains more information including a lot of great information on blood pressure in general:

http://www.reutershealth.com/wellconnected/doc14.html

Here's a quote from that website:

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Long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may injure
the kidney and is an important cause of secondary hypertension in the
elderly population. Such drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin,
Rufen), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve), and many others. Of these
drugs, aspirin appears to have the least detrimental effect on blood
pressure.

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Ibuprofen was a major reason I was able to do RAGBRAI last year self-supported. After the ride I had a blood test that showed high liver enzymes (this was without drinking). Switched back to aspirin after that.
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Old 04-25-07, 09:59 AM   #5
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This isn't medical advice but drink lots of water when taking ibuprofen. Its good practise anyway.
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Advil has also been responsible for a several people I know passing very disconcerting amounts of blood. Those drugs may not cause stomach bleeding, but they seem to create truly dramatic amounts of blood release from the bowel. If i had only heard one story, but it's happened to quite a few people, including my doctor's mother.

I try to stay away from aspirin because of all the scary stories from increased risk of hemorrhage/bleed-out after an accident, to pancreatic cancer. Of course maybe none of those stories are true...
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I have liver disease (not from too much ibuprofen) and have been told by my gastro doc that moderate ibuprofen use is Ok. From what I understand however, all NSAIDS carry the potential for stomach irritation and potential bleeding. In rare cases they can also trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome-like symptoms. If your platelet count is low, NSAIDS are not a good idea, as your body may not clot an internal bleed, and that could be a slight problem.

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Advil/ibuprofen= life. Aspirin screws you up if you exercise, tylenol only makes your brain think you're not in pain, but Advil actually makes you better. Hikers on the AT call it vitamin I. Too much is bad for the liver though.
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When I ride ragbrai, Advil is a daily breakfast supplement, along with my first banana
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There are specially coated aspirin (I forget the name, begins with an "e") that because of the coating dissolve in the small intestine, making them easier on stomach. You could try those.
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There are specially coated aspirin (I forget the name, begins with an "e") that because of the coating dissolve in the small intestine, making them easier on stomach. You could try those.
You're looking for enteric aspirin
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