Moderate Pain

Ibuprofen 600 mg every 6 hours as needed for pain (3 of the 200mg tablets you can buy at a drug store)

Severe Pain

Ibuprofen 800mg every 6 hours as needed for pain (4 of the 200mg tablets you can buy at a drug store)

Stick with ibuprofen if it is enough to manage your pain, and you may add acetaminophen if needed as a supplement. Stagger taking each medication every 6 hours.

Acetaminophen 500-1000mg every 6 hours as needed to supplement Ibuprofen (1-2 tablets of Tylenol Extra Strength)

Example of severe pain management:

6am – 800mg ibuprofen

9am – 1000mg acetaminophen

12pm – 800mg ibuprofen

3pm – 1000mg acetaminophen

6pm – 800mg ibuprofen

9pm – 1000mg acetaminophen