Although most people do not have any problems when taking ibuprofen, dangerous side effects are possible. In rare cases, the medication has been known to cause the following reactions:
- Allergic reactions, such as swelling, unexplained skin rash, wheezing, and difficulty breathing
- Stomach or intestinal problems, including bleeding or ulcers
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure
- Congestive heart failure.
Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs), and NSAIDs are believed to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. These events can occur without any warning and can lead to loss of life. Get emergency medical help by calling 911 as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness on one part of your body
- Slurred speech.
(To learn more about the potential dangers of this medication, click Ibuprofen Side Effects or Ibuprofen Precautions and Warnings. These articles go into detail about why ibuprofen is not always suitable and explain some of the factors that influence what side effects -- if any -- a person will experience.)