Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can be helpful when you need relief from pain and inflammation. Your doctor may recommend using ibuprofen when you are suffering from a headache, dental pain, muscle aches, or menstrual cramps. While ibuprofen can be an effective pain reliever, there are times when you should refrain from using this particular medication. Side effects of stomach irritation, thinned blood, and risks to your kidney may mean you should skip using this drug.
11. When You Suffer from Heart Disease
The FDA requires that ibuprofen carry the warning that it may increase the risk of heart disease. Taking ibuprofen may increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, or clotting disorders. You can find ibuprofen marketed under the brand names of Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin. If you are not currently suffering from heart disease, you can decrease your risk of ibuprofen-induced heart disease by following the package directions. Avoid using this product for a lengthy amount of time.
10. When You Are Taking Blood Thinners
Ibuprofen, like other NSAIDs, can thin your blood. This makes it a dangerous medication to take if you are taking blood thinners. If your doctor has prescribed Coumadin (warfarin) to thin your blood and prevent heart disease, you will need to avoid taking ibuprofen. Plavix is an anticoagulant medicine that helps prevent heart attack or stroke. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication if you have certain circulation disorders. Taking ibuprofen with blood thinners or anticoagulants can lead to a dangerous amount of bleeding and excessive blood loss.