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Everyday Pain Relief: Ulcers

Many familiar over-the-counter pain relief drugs can cause harmful side effects for those with ulcers. Here's what you need to know.

The Pros and Cons of Pain Relief Drugs continued...

IBUPROFEN
Advil, Motrin IB, Nuprin

  • How it works. Like all NSAIDs, ibuprofen blocks the effects of chemicals that increase the feeling of pain.
  • Benefits. Ibuprofen can lower fevers, ease pain, and reduce inflammation.
  • Side effects and risks. People with ulcers should not use ibuprofen unless their health care providers say it's safe. Ibuprofen can cause or aggravate ulcers. It also causes other gastrointestinal symptoms, such as heartburn, upset stomach, or pain. Drinking alcohol while using ibuprofen increases the risk of GI problems.

    Ibuprofen may also increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires that drug companies highlight ibuprofen's potential risks. The use of this drug along with other NSAIDs in pregnant women has been linked to birth defects.

    Some people are allergic to ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. It can cause hives and facial swelling. It can be dangerous to some people with asthma. People with ulcers should avoid ibuprofen if possible. In some cases, ibuprofen can slow down the body's natural healing process.

KETOPROFEN
Actron, Orudis KT

  • How it works. Ketoprofen blocks the effects of chemicals that increase the feeling of pain.
  • Benefits. Ketoprofen can lower fevers, ease pain, and reduce inflammation.
  • Side effects and risks. People with ulcers should not use ketoprofen unless their health care providers say it's safe. Ketoprofen can cause or aggravate ulcers. It also causes other gastrointestinal symptoms, such as heartburn, upset stomach, or pain.

    Drinking alcohol while using ketoprofen increases the risk of GI problems. Ketoprofen my also increase the risks of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA now requires that drug companies highlight these risks.

    The use of this drug along with other NSAIDs in pregnant women has been linked to birth defects. In some cases, ketoprofen can slow down the body's natural healing process.

NAPROXEN SODIUM
Aleve

  • How it works. Naproxen sodium blocks the effects of chemicals that increase the feeling of pain.
  • Benefits. Naproxen sodium can lower fevers, ease pain, and reduce inflammation.
  • Side effects and risks. People with ulcers should not use naproxen sodium unless their health care providers say it's safe. Naproxen sodium can cause or aggravate ulcers. It also causes other gastrointestinal symptoms, such as heartburn, upset stomach, or pain.

    Drinking alcohol while using naproxen sodium increases the risk of GI problems. Naproxen sodium may also increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA now requires that drug companies highlight these risks.

    The use of this drug along with other NSAIDs in pregnant women has been linked to birth defects. In some cases, naproxen sodium can slow down the body's natural healing process.

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