When to Avoid Ibuprofen

Who Should Not Take Ibuprofen?

You should not take ibuprofen if you:
  • Are allergic to ibuprofen, any brands that contain ibuprofen (such as Motrin®, Advil®, Genpril®, Nuprin®, Vicoprofen®, Combunox®, and others), or any inactive components used in making ibuprofen. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Have an active bleeding condition, such as a stomach ulcer or bleeding within the head.
  • Have an allergic reaction, hives, or asthma caused by aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Are having or have recently had coronary bypass graft surgery (often known as open heart surgery, bypass surgery, or CABG).
  • Are in the third trimester of pregnancy or nursing.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which people should not take ibuprofen, as well as a number of precautions and warnings people should be aware of with the medication. However, it is possible that not all of them were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the ibuprofen precautions and warnings that may apply to you.
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