Ibuprofen is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is sold as a generic with brand names such as Advil or Motrin. The recommended maximum daily dose is 1,200 milligrams. Unfortunately many people exceed this dose.
The problem with exceeding the maximum dose is that NSAIDs when over used can cause serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage.
If you need ibuprofen for pain relief continue taking it, but pay attention to how many pills you take a day and seek medical help if you develop any unusual symptoms.