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Ibuprofen is used for:
Treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, or mild to moderate pain. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Ibuprofen is an NSAID. Exactly how it works is not known. It may block certain substances in the body that are linked to inflammation. NSAIDs treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. They do not treat the disease that causes those symptoms.
Side Effects of Advil
All medicines can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
- stomach pain or upset.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
- bloody or black, tarry stools;
- change in the amount of urine produced;
- chest pain;
- dark urine;
- fast or irregular heartbeat;
- fever, chills, or persistent sore throat;
- mental or mood changes;
- numbness of an arm or leg;
- one-sided weakness;
- red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin;
- ringing in the ears;
- severe headache or dizziness;
- severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea;
- severe vomiting;
- shortness of breath;
- stiff neck;
- sudden or unexplained weight gain;
- swelling of hands, legs, or feet;
- unusual bruising or bleeding;
- unusual joint or muscle pain;
- unusual tiredness or weakness;
- vision or speech changes;
- vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Who Should Not Take Advil
Do NOT use Ibuprofen if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Ibuprofen
- you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, trouble breathing, growths in the nose, dizziness) to aspirin or an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, celecoxib)
- you have recently had or will be having bypass heart surgery
- you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Interactions with Advil
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ibuprofen . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), aspirin, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), heparin, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of stomach bleeding may be increased
- Probenecid because it may increase the risk of Ibuprofen's side effects
- Cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate, or quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Ibuprofen
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril) or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Ibuprofen
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