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Ibuprofen (over-the-counter)

 

Drug Class:

NSAIDs (Traditional NSAID)

Brand Names

Advil, Motrin IB


Dosages

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200 to 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed, no more than 1,200 mg a day.

Dosages for children: The dosages listed above are those typically prescribed for adults aged 18-65. Dosages for children can vary. Ask your doctor about the appropriate dosage for your child.


Potential Side Effects

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Abdominal cramps, pain or discomfort; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; gastrointestinal bleeding; headache; heartburn; high blood pressure; nausea or vomiting; peptic ulcer; swelling of feet; rash; ringing in the ears.


Special Instructions

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  • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain or more than 3 days for fever unless directed by a doctor.
  • Do not take with other prescription or over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Take at the same time every day. Take with food or an antacid.

Be Aware

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  • Using ibuprofen or naproxen with low-dose aspirin may interfere with aspirin’s ability to help prevent heart attacks.
  • Before taking any type of NSAID, tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or take blood thinners (including warfarin), ACE inhibitors, lithium or furosemide. Also report any sensitivity or allergy to aspirin or similar drugs. All NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious blood clots, heart attacks and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may increase with dose and duration of use. Patients who have or who are at risk for cardiovascular disease may be at greater risk for these complications. NSAIDs should not be used for pain if you are having coronary bypass surgery. Do not take NSAIDs late in pregnancy.

The Arthritis Today Drug Guide is meant for education – not self-medicating. Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation and the Drug Guide Medical Review Panel do not endorse any products mentioned in this guide. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date, we make no representations or warranties about the completeness of the information provided.

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