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Is it possible to overdose on Advil?

Yes. Advil is a brand of ibuprofen, which belongs to the class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat fever, mild pain, and inflammation. Taking more Advil than intended can damage your stomach, intestines, or other organs. In some cases, an Advil overdose can be fatal.

The recommended adult dosage is one or two 200 milligram (mg) tablets every four to six hours, not exceeding 800 mg at once or 3,200 mg per day.

If I miss a dose of my medication, can I just take two the next day?

No. Doubling up on medication can cause serious side effects. The consequences of missing one dose varies depending on the medication. Drugs prescribed to manage epilepsy or diabetes, for example, may result in a more serious outcome when missed.

Always review your medication pamphlet and consult your doctor for instructions if you’ve missed a dose of medication, but the general rule is that if you’ve missed your dose within 2 hours of your usual dosage time, take the missed dose immediately. If you frequently miss doses, consider integrating an automatic medication dispenser such as Hero into your home so you can receive medication reminders when it’s time to take your next dose.

Why do some supplements include vitamins with a %DV higher than 100%?

Multivitamins and supplements could contain vitamins in quantities above 100% your daily recommended value (or DV) for a number of reasons.

For one, your body absorbs nutrients less effectively through supplements than through healthy foods. Supplements compensate for this by including more than 100% DV. Additionally, the actual amount of vitamins a person needs each day is by no means a universal number. Percent DV is based on a 2,000 calorie diet in healthy adults, but these numbers are updated often, and will depend on various factors like age, weight, and diet.

You can often find vitamins B-complex and vitamin C in percentages of over 1000%, or even 2000%, which can sound scary to ingest, but don’t worry about overdosing on these vitamins. The amount that you would need to see any negative effects from vitamin B or C is much higher than that, and any excess nutrients that your body can’t absorb will get flushed out of your system next time you use the bathroom.

Other nutrients however, particularly the fat-soluble nutrients, do have an Upper Limit (UL) to how much your body can support, and can have long term effects on your health. As always, consult your doctor on any supplements you plan to take and refer to the UL Guide as set by the Food and Nutrition Board.

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