Ibuprofen Precautions and Warnings
Before starting a new medication, it's important to be aware of any drug warnings. For example, taking ibuprofen increases your risk of bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Other warnings and precautions with ibuprofen involve a risk of kidney or liver damage. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you become pregnant while taking ibuprofen.
An Introduction to Ibuprofen Precautions and WarningsYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking ibuprofen (sold under brand names such as Motrin®, Advil®, Genpril®, and Nuprin®) if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems (or if you are taking medicine that decreases your blood's ability to clot)
- Nasal polyps
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE)
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
- Any allergies to medicines, including aspirin or other NSAID pain medicines.
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Are having or have recently had heart surgery.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.