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Can i take pain pills over time? All at once/gradually?

Hi, I was wondering if it was OK/Better/Worse/Safe to take drugs (specifically pain medicine) at the effective dose all at once, or distribute the pills over the course of a couple hours?

As a reference, I usually take 2-3 pills of Ibuprofen 200mg for pain/headaches/etc. I'm wondering if it's OK to take one pill at a time every 30 mins to an hour, or if that's dangerous? (Provided, of course, that the total dose doesn't exceed my usual.)
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replied December 18th, 2012
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It's fine to take one pill and, if it doesn't work, take another one.

I'm on Motrin 800mg (Ibuprofin) and I take 1 3x a day
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