Who can take ibuprofen

Some people should avoid using ibuprofen and others should use it with caution.If you have any queries about using ibuprofen or any other medicines, speak to your GP or pharmacist, or call NHS 111 .

You shouldn't take ibuprofen if you:

  • have a history of a strong, unpleasant reaction (hypersensitivity) to aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • currently haveor recently had a stomach ulcer ,or you have had one in the past
  • have severe heart failure
  • have severe liver disease
  • are taking low-dose aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease

You should use ibuprofen with caution if you're aged 65 or over, breastfeeding, orhave:

  • asthma
  • kidney or liver problems
  • lupus
  • Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • previously had any bleeding in your stomach
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • narrowing of the arteries (peripheral arterial disease)
  • any problems with your heart, such as angina , heart attacks , or mild or moderate heart failure
  • had a stroke

Ibuprofen and pregnancy

Ideally, pregnant women shouldn't take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends and prescribes it.

It's best to tell your GP, pharmacist or health visitor about any medicines you're taking.

Paracetamol is recommended as an alternative to ease short-term pain or reduce a high temperature.

Ibuprofen and breastfeeding

Ibuprofen appears in breast milk in small amounts, so it's unlikely to cause any harm to your baby while you're breastfeeding.

Ibuprofen and children

Ibuprofen may be given to children aged three months or overwho weigh at least 5kg (11lbs) to relieve pain, inflammation or fever.

Your GP or another healthcare professional may recommend ibuprofen for younger children in certain casesfor example, this may be to control a feverafter a vaccination if paracetamol is unsuitable.

If your baby or child has a high temperature that doesn't get better or they continue to experience pain, speak to your GP or call NHS 111 .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018