Discuss With Your Doctor
Taking an NSAID can increase your risk of life-threatening heart or circulation
problems, including heart attack or stroke. This risk will increase the longer you
use an NSAID. Do not use this medicine just before or after having heart bypass
surgery (also called coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
NSAIDs can also increase your risk of serious effects on the stomach or intestines,
including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal
and gastrointestinal effects can occur without warning at any time while you are taking
an NSAID. Older adults may have an even greater risk of these serious gastrointestinal
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Before taking ibuprofen, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs,
or if you have:
- History of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
- Heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure
- History of stomach ulcers or bleeding
- Polyps in your nose
- Liver or kidney disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- If you smoke
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use ibuprofen, or
you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
If you are taking aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, avoid also taking
ibuprofen. Ibuprofen may make aspirin less effective in protecting your heart and
blood vessels. If you must use both medications, take the ibuprofen at least 8 hours
before or 30 minutes after you take the aspirin (non-enteric coated form).
This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby during early pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
taking ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy may result in birth
defects. Do not take ibuprofen during pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to.
It is not known whether ibuprofen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing
baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a
Do not give this medicine to a child without the advice of a doctor.