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Ibuprofen is an NSAID used to treat fever and minor aches and pains. It works by reducing inflammation. Ibuprofen is a generic medication, and is available both over-the-counter and by prescription depending on the strength. Over-the-counter brands include Advil and Motrin IB. Prescription Motrin had the same active ingredient, but has been discontinued. Ibuprofen should be used only when needed as it may increase risk of stroke or heart attack and long term use can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers. Compare NSAIDs.
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Advil Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional.

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.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

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.

This medicine may be used to treat migraines. If you take migraine medicines for 10 or more days a month, your migraines may get worse. Keep a diary of headache days and medicine use. Contact your healthcare professional if your migraine attacks occur more frequently.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Abdominal pain

acid or sour stomach

belching

bloating

cloudy urine

decrease in amount of urine

decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability

diarrhea

difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

excess air or gas in stomach or intestines

full feeling

heartburn

indigestion

itching skin

pain or discomfort in chest, upper stomach, or throat

pale skin

passing gas

nausea

noisy, rattling breathing

rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin

shortness of breath

swelling of face, fingers, hands, feet, lower legs, or ankles

troubled breathing at rest

troubled breathing with exertion

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual tiredness or weakness

vomiting

weight gain

Less common

Abdominal cramps

stomach soreness or discomfort

Rare

Agitation

back, leg, or stomach pains

bleeding gums

blistering, peeling, loosening of skin

blood in urine or stools

bloody, black, or tarry stools

blurred vision

burning feeling in chest or stomach

change in vision

chest pain

chills

clay-colored stools

coma

confusion

constipation

cough or hoarseness

dark urine

decreased urine output

depression

difficulty breathing

difficulty swallowing

dilated neck veins

dizziness

dry mouth

extreme fatigue

fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

fever with or without chills

frequent urination

general body swelling

general feeling of tiredness or weakness

hair loss, thinning of hair

headache

hives or welts

hostility

impaired vision

increased blood pressure

increased volume of pale, dilute urine

irregular breathing

irritability

itching

joint or muscle pain

lab results that show problems with liver

lethargy

light-colored stools

loss of appetite

lower back or side pain

muscle twitching

nosebleeds

painful or difficult urination

pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back

pinpoint red spots on skin

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

rash

red skin lesions, often with a purple center

red, irritated eyes

redness of skin

seizures

severe abdominal pain, cramping, burning

severe and continuing nausea

sore throat

sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips

stiff neck or back

stomach upset

stupor

swollen or painful glands

tenderness in stomach area

thirst

tightness in chest

unpleasant breath odor

upper right abdominal pain

vomiting of blood

vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds

wheezing

yellow eyes and skin

Symptoms of overdose

Bluish lips or skin

difficulty sleeping

disorientation

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly

drowsiness to profound coma

hallucination

lightheadedness or fainting

mood or other mental changes

muscle tremors

not breathing

rapid, deep breathing

restlessness

slow or irregular heartbeat

stomach cramps

sudden fainting

sweating

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in ears

hearing loss

nervousness

Rare

Crying

depersonalization

discouragement

dry eyes

dysphoria

euphoria

feeling sad or empty

lack of appetite

loss of interest or pleasure

mental depression

paranoia

quick to react or overreact

rapidly changing moods

runny nose

sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

sleeplessness

sneezing

stuffy nose

trouble concentrating

trouble sleeping

unable to sleep

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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