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Ibuprofen Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Ibuprofen
- Ringing in the ears
Serious Side Effects of Ibuprofen
- Liver failure or inflammation of the liver
- Low platelet count
- Blood in the urine
- Urinary tract infection
- A condition in which the bone marrow is unable to make enough white blood cells, known as agranulocytosis
- Low red blood cell count, or anemia
- Severe and potentially life-threatening skin reactions such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure (normally a greater risk with long-term use and while taking certain other medications)
- Kidney damage
Do I need a prescription for ibuprofen?
Yes for 400 to 800 mg strengths and injection. It also is availableOTC (over-the-counter) without a prescription.
Take ibuprofen exactly as prescribed. Ibuprofen may be taken several times per day, depending on reason for use.
Shake oral suspension ibuprofen before use. May take ibuprofen with food or milk to prevent stomach irritation.
This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of ibuprofen at the same time unless instructed by your doctor.
Store ibuprofen at room temperature.
Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.
Pain reliever/Fever reducer
Advil can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Advil may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.
Do not take more than your recommended dose. An Advil overdose can damage your stomach or intestines. Use only the smallest amount of medication needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Advil is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What should I avoid while taking Advil?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Avoid taking aspirin while you are taking Advil.
Avoid taking Advil if you are taking aspirin to prevent stroke or heart attack. Ibuprofen can make aspirin less effective in protecting your heart and blood vessels. If you must use both medications, take the Advil at least 8 hours before or 30 minutes after you take the aspirin (non-enteric coated form).
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medicine. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to ibuprofen. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.