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Ibuprofen is a pharmacy drug classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) and is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for the treatment of pain and inflammation within the body. Ibuprofen is consistently given to combat pain and fever that may present with any number of conditions from toothaches, to headaches, cramps, arthritis, back pain and more.


Ibuprofen may be compounded into a variety of forms for delivery into the body but tablets are perhaps the most commonly used. Ibuprofen is often prescribed for use every four to six hours for pain or three to four times per day for conditions such as arthritis. Your doctor will advise you on your dosage and schedule. Follow doctor's directions exactly. Though commonly used, ibuprofen is a very strong drug and should be used only as directed by your doctor who is aware of your entire medical history. Use extreme caution regarding schedule of delivery and dosage when administering to minors; ask your doctor to provide more information.


Commonly seen side effects with the use of ibuprofen are:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Nervous Feeling
  • Dizziness

As each patient is unique, side effects may affect some while others may experience no side effects at all, or few. Remember to observe your body for side effects while taking ibuprofen and if any of the above or perhaps any other side effects are encountered, seek medical assistance if any side effect is growing in intensity or persisting.

See Your Doctor:

Many side effects are possible with the use of this drug. If you experience any of the following side effects, contact your doctor right away:

  • Unexplained Weight Gain
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Swelling (Feet, Ankles, Lower Legs)
  • Swelling (Throat, Arm, Eyes, Face, Hands)
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Headache
  • Confusion or Disorientation
  • Aggression
  • Vision Problems (multiple kinds are possible)
  • Red Eyes
  • Painful Eyes
  • Stiff and/or Painful Neck Problems
  • Fever
  • Blisters and/or Rash
  • Itching and/or Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Pale Skin
  • Yellowing (skin or eyes)
  • Excessive Tiredness
  • Pain (Upper Right Area of Stomach)
  • Loss of Appetite or Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Flu Symptoms
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Painful Urination
  • Blood in Urine
  • Cloudy Urine
  • Back Pain
  • Blurred Vision

Ask your doctor about signs of possible allergic reaction!


Anyone considering the use of any drug, whether prescription or over-the-counter, should consult with their primary care doctor and make an informed decision on the benefits vs. risks before taking the drug.

There are many conditions, diseases, and situations that may contraindicate the use of ibuprofen in some patients. Consult with your doctor and have a full medical review before using this drug in any form.

Ibuprofen can put some patients at increased risk for heart attack and/or stroke. Talk to your doctor if you have any heart conditions, heart disease, or any situation that may impact your heart in any way.

Never use ibuprofen right before or right after any heart surgery or procedure of any kind whatsoever.

Talk to your doctor about fatal internal bleeding risks, especially if you are a senior citizen or elderly person.

Consult with your doctor regarding whether ibuprofen is safe for your use if you have, or have had, any of the following conditions:

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Asthma
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • History of Bleeding
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Stroke
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA