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NSAIDs (Ibuprofen/ Naproxen Sodium )
These medications are used to treat mild to moderate pain and reduce fever. People take them to treat pain due to arthritis, menstrual cramps, cold and fever, muscles aches, toothaches, backaches, and headaches.
|OTC Brand Names (Not a complete list)||Possible Complications||Precautions|
Midol Liquid Gels
Some brands, such as Advil Cold and Sinus, contain ibuprofen along with other medicines.
Midol Extended Relief
Some brands, such as Aleve Cold and Sinus, contain naproxen sodium along with other medicines.
NSAIDs can irritate the stomach lining and increase the risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers. Some medications, smoking, and drinking alcohol can increase this risk.
Possible symptoms of stomach bleeding include:
The risk of heart attack or stroke may increase if you take more than directed or for longer than directed.
Older adults, people in poor health, and people who take NSAIDs over a long period of time and at higher doses are more likely to have complications.
Talk with your doctor before taking this medication if you:
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, be sure to tell your dentist or doctor that you take NSAIDs.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions with other medications or supplements you are taking.