Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen

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    Ibuprofen is a pharmaceutical drug that is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

    Ibuprofen is used to treat a number of conditions including:

    • Mild to moderate pain
    • Severe pain (when combined with codeine)
    • Fever
    • Swollen, red and tender tissues (inflammation)
    • Rheumatoid arthritis, back pain and gout (in conjunction with physiotherapy)

  • Some people misuse ibuprofen by intentionally taking more than the recommended dose in a mistaken attempt to get high, or as an act of self-harm.

    Ibuprofen is usually swallowed and comes in different forms including:

    • Tablets
    • Capsules
    • Suppositories
    • Soluble powders
    • Liquids

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Side Effects of Ibuprofen

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk - even medications can produce unwanted side effects.

    Ibuprofen affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk - even medications can produce unwanted side effects.

    Ibuprofen affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

  • The most common side effects of ibuprofen are:

    Headache

    Dizziness

    Drowsiness, fatigue and restless sleep

    Thirst and sweating

    Tingling or numbness in hands and feet

    Ringing in the ears

    Blurred vision and eye irritation

    Fluid retention and ankle swelling

    Mild allergic reaction

    Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation

    Bladder irritation and pain, frequent urination

    NSAIDs such ibuprofen can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with or without heart disease or the risk factors for heart disease.

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    The most common side effects of ibuprofen are:

    Headache

    Dizziness

    Drowsiness, fatigue and restless sleep

    Thirst and sweating

    Tingling or numbness in hands and feet

    Ringing in the ears

    Blurred vision and eye irritation

    Fluid retention and ankle swelling

    Mild allergic reaction

    Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation

    Bladder irritation and pain, frequent urination

    NSAIDs such ibuprofen can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with or without heart disease or the risk factors for heart disease.

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of ibuprofen may eventually cause the following effects:

    Kidney and liver damage

    Bleeding in the stomach and bowels

    Increased risk of heart attack

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of ibuprofen may eventually cause the following effects:

    Kidney and liver damage

    Bleeding in the stomach and bowels

    Increased risk of heart attack

Mixing Ibuprofen with other drugs

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    Ibuprofen + Alcohol

     

    Can increase the risk of stomach irritation and discomfort.

The effects of taking Ibuprofen with other drugs, including alcohol, prescription medications and other over-the-counter medicines, are often unpredictable.