Ibuprofen is a commonly used medication, but it can sometimes cause side effects. Ibuprofen (also known as Advil, Nurofen and Motrin), is a medication used in treating inflammatory processes. It helps with fever as well. It also has an analgesic quality, which is why it is used to relieve pain.
Ibuprofen Long Term Side Effects
Although ibuprofen side effects are not very common or severe, they can occur. Some of them are digestive problems, diarrhea, constipation, headache, feeling dizzy, nausea; one can also experience retention of salt within the body, which can lead to hypertension in some patients. Some patients have reported gas, heartburn and stomach pain. There are also some less popular side effects: hyperkalemia, esophageal ulceration and heart problems.
There can be interactions with other medications. So it is better not to forget to consult your doctor before taking Ibuprofen. If you have any allergies, do not forget to mention them to your physician. If you have been taking other medications for pain, tell your doctor about it. If you are taking some other prescription (or non-prescription) drug, do not use Ibuprofen unless your physician tells you to do so.
If you are experiencing conditions like liver or kidney diseases, lupus, runny nose, allergies, swelling of legs and/or arms, asthma – your doctor must know about it! If you are pregnant or just about to have a baby – do not take Ibuprofen without previous talk to your physician. If you are about to have a surgical procedure, make sure to tell your doctor if you have been using Ibuprofen. Also, if giving Ibuprofen to a child, be sure that pediatrician is previously consulted about it. He will prescribe the right dose depending on all other facts regarding your child’s age and health condition. Although this drug is very commonly used, be careful with it as with any other medication and talk to your doctor first.