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What is Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen, sold under brand names like Advil, EmuProfen and more, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that works to lower the hormone levels that trigger inflammation and pain in the body. It is sold in various forms, including capsule, modified release capsule, tablet, modified release tablet and oral suspension. It is also available as a topical medication, to be applied directly to problem areas.

Ibuprofen targets cyclo-oxygenase (COX) in the body, which produces what are known as "irritant chemicals" when pain or injury occurs. It blocks (COX) to reduce the suffering caused by pain and inflammation.

Uses for Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is used to treat pain and inflammation that results from many conditions, including headache, migraine, muscle pain, back pain, menstrual pain, arthritis and many others. It is also used to combat cold and flu systems, such as high fever.

Ibuprofen dosage will vary. The medication is available by prescription and over the counter, depending on the dosage. In its stronger form, ibuprofen is also used to manage post-surgical pain. You should always take ibuprofen as directed by your doctor or as advised by the manufacturer's directions.

Possible Side Effects of Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen side effects are not common, but do exist. Side effects like heartburn, indigestion and stomach pain may be minimized by taking ibuprofen with a meal or glass of milk or water, depending on directions. Other symptoms, such as queasiness and diarrhea may be managed by watching food intake and taking plenty of water.

Other mild side effects include constipation, gas, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping and mood changes. Serious side effects include signs of stomach or intestinal bleeding (vomit or dark stools), shortness of breath, swelling around mouth or face, severe headache, high temperature, stiff neck and skin rash.

Consult a doctor immediately at the first sign of serious side effects, or if minor side effects become problematic.

Warnings About Ibuprofen

The information listed here regarding ibuprofen is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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