Ibuprofen is one of the most popular drugs that belongs to the list of NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs), and sometime, Ibuprofen side effects can affect some of the people who are using it. Specialists say, that even if we can buy it over the counter, this drug is not without risks if is not administered properly. Therefore it is extremely important to read the leaflet first, so we can avoid experiencing any side effects of Ibuprofen.
The most known Ibuprofen side effects
Ibuprofen has been studied for a long time, and thousands of people have been evaluated, to find out what are the Ibuprofen side effects and how often they occur. Based on this studies, the most well-known side effects of Ibuprofen are: abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, stomach cramps, headache, nervousness, rash or swelling. So, this drug should be used with caution by those who have high blood pressure, heart conditions, those who are in recovery after a surgery under general anesthesia, have kidney diseases, or suffer from other disorders that can lead to fluid retention. Using Ibuprofen for a long time can have a higher risk of kidney failure, mostly for the people with kidney diseases in their medical history. Also, it can be dangerous for those who had liver or heart failure, and generally for older people. For people with gastrointestinal diseases, taking this drug can lead to stomach ulcers, or bleeding stomach, and the risk can increase if they take higher doses for a long time. That’s why patients with a higher risk in experiencing these Ibuprofen side effects need a close medical supervision. In conclusion your doctor should weight the benefits of taking this medicine with the potential risks. If you ever experience any symptoms or signs of bleeding stomach or ulcers, you need to stop taking this medicine right away, and contact your doctor urgently. Side effects of Ibuprofen can occur without warning signs, and at any time while taking it. Treatment with Ibuprofen also has a higher risk of having high potassium levels in the blood. Older people and those with diabetes, renal failure or those taking some diuretic pills have an increased risk of experiencing side effects of this drug. Other negative effects of Ibuprofen that can happen with frequency are headaches, sometimes accompanied by lightheadedness or dizziness, and these usually occur at the beginning of the treatment. But, rarely the severity of these side effects can take to stopping the treatment with this medicine. Sometimes this requires a dose reduction, but if the symptoms persist you need to end the treatment right away. It is better not to drive until you have determined the effects of Ibuprofen on you. Older patients seem to have a higher risk of Ibuprofen side effects, that’s why they should be kept under close medical supervision while having a treatment with this medicine, and use the lowest Ibuprofen dosage.
You may have some of these negative effects explained in this article, or none at all. That’s why you need to make sure that you tell your doctor if you have any Ibuprofen side effects while you are under treatment with this NSAID.