What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ibuprofen?
• Before taking ibuprofen, tell your doctor if you
· have an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAIDs,
· have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach,
· drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day,
· have liver or kidney disease,
· have a coagulation (bleeding or blood clotting) disorder,
· have congestive heart failure,
· have fluid retention,
· have heart disease, or
· have high blood pressure.
• You may not be able to take ibuprofen, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
• It is not known whether ibuprofen will be harmful to an unborn baby. Ibuprofen should not be taken late in pregnancy (the third trimester) because a similar drug is known to affect the baby's heart. Do not take ibuprofen without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
• Ibuprofen passes into breast milk in very small amounts, however it is not expected to be harmful to a nursing baby. Talk to your doctor before taking ibuprofen if you are breast-feeding.
How should I take ibuprofen?
• Take ibuprofen exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you
• Take each dose with a full glass of water.
• Take ibuprofen with food, milk, or an antacid to lessen stomach upset.
• Store ibuprofen at room temperature away from moisture and heat.