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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

Ibuprofen:

Advil

Midol Liquid Gels

Motrin

Some brands, such as Advil Cold and Sinus, contain ibuprofen along with other medicines.

 

Naproxen Sodium:

Aleve

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:

  • Bloody, tarry, black stools
  • Vomiting up blood that looks like coffee grounds

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:

  • are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day
  • have kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, or heart disease
  • have stomach bleeding or ulcers or other bleeding disorders
  • are pregnant
  • have a history of asthma

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.

 

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