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Ibuprofen can help to treat illnesses caused by inflammation (swelling), such as fevers, headaches, back pain, arthritis and period pains.

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It works by reducing the hormones that cause this inflammation.

While ibuprofen is available over-the-counter, it can be dangerous if not used properly. Our doctors can advise you on how best to use ibuprofen in order to deal with your pain safely and as quickly as possible.

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How is Ibuprofen taken?

Ibuprofen is available as a chewable tablet, or in liquid form. You should use it as the label suggests, or as your doctor has recommended.

You should never take more than the recommended amount, as doing so puts your health at risk. While ibuprofen is usually used as needed, the recommended maximum amount you should take per day and the amount of time you should leave between doses will be clearly marked.

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What Are The Side Effects of Ibuprofen?

There are a number of relatively mild side effects you may experience while taking ibuprofen:

There are a few more serious possible side effects of ibuprofen. Taking more than the recommended dose will increase your chances of developing:

  • Heart problems - including a possible heart attack
  • Stomach cramps
  • Intestinal bleeding

Talk to a doctor straight away if you’re experiencing shortness of breath, or you notice blood in your poo.

You should get emergency medical attention if you notice signs of an allergic reaction to ibuprofen, such as a severe skin rash, swelling around your face, lips and throat, or difficulty breathing.

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Things to avoid

As well as not taking too high a dose, you should try and avoid using ibuprofen long-term.

Ask your doctor about alternatives to ibuprofen if you have:

  • Heart disease, or are scheduled to have heart surgery
  • Have high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Asthma
  • Liver or kidney problems

Ibuprofen isn’t suitable for children under two, nor when mixed with aspirin. You should tell your doctor about any other medication you’re taking before you start taking ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen and alcohol

Drinking a small amount of is okay, but mixing too much alcohol with ibuprofen increases the chance of bleeding in your stomach.

That’s a risk that isn’t worth taking.

Is It Safe to Use Ibuprofen During Pregnancy?

It is best to speak to a GP, midwife or pharmacist about what is suitable for you and your baby.

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