What Are the Side Effects of Ibuprofen?

Medically Reviewed on 5/20/2021

What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Genpril, Midol) is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Side effects of NSAIDs include diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, bloating, gas, ringing in the ears, nausea, anxiety, vomiting, fluid retention, swelling and skin peeling and rashes.
Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Genpril, Midol) is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Side effects of NSAIDs include diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, bloating, gas, ringing in the ears, nausea, anxiety, vomiting, fluid retention, swelling and skin peeling and rashes.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Genpril, Midol) is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. It is generally used for relieving pain and fever. Ibuprofen acts by reducing the production of certain substances called prostaglandins that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Thus, the medication does not treat the underlying condition. It only relieves symptoms, such as pain, cramps and fever.

Ibuprofen can be used in adults and children older than six months of age. The medication is available in pediatric (for infants and children) and adult formulations. It is available both as an over-the-counter and prescription drug. It is available in several forms, including tablets, chewable tablets, suspensions, suppositories and capsules.

What is ibuprofen used for?

Ibuprofen is used in several conditions, such as

Before taking ibuprofen

If there is surgery (including dental surgery) planned, the patient must tell the surgeon or dentist if they are taking ibuprofen. Ibuprofen must also be used with caution in individuals who are 75 years of age or older.

What are the side effects of ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is generally safe when taken within the prescribed doses. Its common side effects may include

Ibuprofen may cause certain serious symptoms, which demand discontinuation of the drug and urgent medical attention. These symptoms include

The United States Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against excessive use of any painkiller, including ibuprofen. The excess use of these medications over a long time has been linked to increased incidents of heart attacks and stroke.

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Medically Reviewed on 5/20/2021
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