Side effects of ibuprofen

Ibuprofen can cause a number of side effects. You shouldtake the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time needed to control your symptoms.

See the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicinefor a full list of side effects.

Common side effects of ibuprofen include:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • constipation or diarrhoea
  • indigestion (dyspepsia) or abdominal pain

Less common side effects include:

  • headache or dizziness
  • bloating (fluid retention)
  • raised blood pressure
  • inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)
  • a stomach ulcer
  • allergic reactions such asa rash
  • worsening of asthma symptoms by causing narrowing of the airways (bronchospasm)
  • kidney failure
  • black stools and blood in your vomit this can indicate bleeding in your stomach

If you feel unwell after taking ibuprofen or have concerns, speak to your GP or pharmacist, or call NHS 111 .

You can also report suspected side effects using the Yellow Card Scheme .

High doses

Taking high doses of ibuprofen over long periods of time can increase your risk of:

  • stroke when the blood supply to the brain is disturbed
  • heart attacks when the blood supply to the heart is blocked

In women, long-term use of ibuprofenmight be associated with reduced fertility. This is usually reversible when you stop taking ibuprofen.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dez 2018