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ibuprofen Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- severe stomach pain
- signs and symptoms of bleeding such as bloody or black, tarry stools; red or dark-brown urine; spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds; red spots on the skin; unusual bruising or bleeding from the eye, gums, or nose
- signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
- unexplained weight gain or swelling
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dizziness, drowsiness
- nausea, vomiting
ibuprofen May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- other drugs for inflammation like prednisone
How to Use ibuprofen
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the package label. Read the directions on the package label very carefully. Use the child's weight or age to find the correct dose. Shake well before using. Use the dropper provided in the package. Do not use any other dosing device. Give with food or a drink to prevent throat burning. If this medicine upsets the stomach, give with food or milk. Do NOT give more than directed. Doses should not be given more than 4 times in one day.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- sore throat with high fever, headache, nausea or vomiting
- stomach bleeding or ulcers
- an unusual or allergic reaction to ibuprofen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for the next dose, give only that dose. Do not give double or extra doses.
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Do not take other medicines that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine.
This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death. To reduce your risk, do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine can cause you to bleed more easily. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: May 6, 2014