Asthma and Ibuprofen

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   Posted 9/5/2005 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
"The rate of ibuprofen-sensitive asthma in children with mild or moderate asthma is low, the results of a study indicate. Nonetheless, because asthma is so prevalent in children, ibuprofen-sensitive asthma is a "public health concern," the investigators say.
In fact, "more than 100,000 children with asthma in the US may be at risk for (airway narrowing) following exposure to ibuprofen" (Motrin, Advil), Dr. Jason S. Debley told Reuters Health.
Because thousands of children with asthma take ibuprofen each year, often during an illness that can exacerbate asthma, the possibility that an asthmatic child may be sensitive to ibuprofen needs to be considered before it is administered, he emphasized."
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   Posted 9/8/2005 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
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