Before you use Ibuprofen
, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or its ingredients. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine and update your medical records to record this information.
Before you use Ibuprofen
, tell your doctor of your medical history including high blood pressure, excess fluid build-up inside the body, ulcers
, stomach bleeding
, bleeding in the intestines, difficulty in breathing, or asthma
. Before having any surgery
, discuss with your doctor and dentist about medicines you use including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, and herbal
The use of Ibuprofen may change blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, the use of Ibuprofen may lead to an increase in your blood pressure. Hence, you should, monitor your blood pressure regularly.
Ibuprofen should be used only when required in patients who are pregnant
or planning to become pregnant. This medicine may harm an unborn baby by causing heart disease and high blood pressure. Ibuprofen belongs to the NSAID
class of medicines. NSAIDs should not be taken after 29 weeks of pregnancy
as these medicines may cause serious harm to the unborn baby. Consult with your doctor on the use of Ibuprofen during breastfeeding
. This medicine is found in breast milk but is not in a significant amount to cause any harm to the baby. However, if you use Ibuprofen for the long-term, you should consider not breastfeeding
your baby. Ibuprofen may impact fertility in women. If you are trying to conceive, discuss with your doctor on the use of this medicine. The use of Ibuprofen may reduce fertility in women trying to have a baby. Do not use Ibuprofen in women who are having problems with having a baby. In women trying to conceive or in the first or second trimester of pregnancy, a low dose of Ibuprofen should be used for a short time.
Ibuprofen can make you feel sleepy. Be careful, especially while driving, while using heavy machinery, or when doing any activity that needs you to be completely alert. The consumption of alcohol
with Ibuprofen can worsen the sleepiness.
This medicine may cause stomach bleeding
. Regular use of tobacco and alcohol
may increase your risk. Discuss with your doctor if you smoke and drink alcohol regularly. Ibuprofen may increase your risk of infection if you suffer from chickenpox
and hence must not be used in this condition. In other cases, the use of NSAIDs
may mask infections and make them harder to be detected. Your risk of getting viral infections and meningitis
increases, especially in patients who have certain existing autoimmune disorders. This medicine may increase your sensitivity to sunlight and make you prone to sunburn
. If this happens, limit your time outdoors to prevent sunburn. Use a sunscreen and cover your skin when you are outdoors. If you get sunburns on your body, consult with your doctor.
Older patients may have a higher incidence of side-effects
when using Ibuprofen
. Elderly patients may see an increased risk of bleeding
of the stomach and intestines, and rupture in the lining of the stomach or intestines.
Long-term treatment increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, ulcers
, and bleeding
of the stomach and intestines.