What is ibuprofen?
- Muscle aches
- Back pain
- The common cold
- Menstrual pain
- Other ailments or conditions
This medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that reduces hormones that cause inflammation and pain in your body.
Ibuprofen is available in prescription and over-the-counter form. It’s used in adults and children at six months old.
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Most important information you should know about ibuprofen
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:
- Heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you smoke
- A heart attack, blood clot, or stroke
- Stomach ulcers or bleeding
- Liver or kidney disease
If you are pregnant, you do not take ibuprofen unless the doctor tells you to. This is because taking an NSAID during the last 20 weeks of pregnancy can cause severe heart or kidney problems in the future baby and complications with your pregnancy.
Do not give ibuprofen to a child than six months old without the advice of your doctor.
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Ibuprofen thins the blood
All NSAIDs affect the blood, ibuprofen included. While not as effective as some medicines (aspirin), ibuprofen still slows down blood clotting time. This means that if you cut yourself or have an injury, it takes longer to stop bleeding.
The risk of stomach and bleeding ulceration is increased in people who:
- Have had stomach ulcers and bleeding problems in the past
- Take prednisone or steroids
- Smoke or drink alcohol daily
- Take warfarin that thins the blood, such as clopidogrel, or ticagrelor.
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Does ibuprofen raise blood pressure?
24-hour systolic BP increased 3.7 mmHg in ibuprofen users and 1.6 mmHg in naproxen users, and it decreased by 0.3 mmHg in celecoxib users. With normal baseline BP, hypertension developed in more ibuprofen users (23.2%) than users of naproxen (19.0%) and celecoxib (10.3%).
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How to take Ibuprofen (Advil)?
Sometimes, one medicine can interfere with the effects of another. Experts refer to this as a drug interaction.
Drugs that interact with ibuprofen include:
- High dose methotrexate
- Oral hypoglycemics
- Lower blood pressure
If anyone is considering using ibuprofen, should ask a pharmacist or doctor whether it is safe to do so with their current medication.
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Ibuprofen carries a warning about severe side effects. Therefore, a person should follow the doctor’s instructions and read the information on the packaging before using this or other medication.
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