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            1. Ibuprofen (Advil)

              Ibuprofen is a medicine used to treat pain, swelling, tenderness, and fever caused by many medical issues, including the following:

              • Headache
              • Toothache
              • Back pain
              • Menstrual pain
              • Arthritis
              • Injuries
              • Muscle aches
              • The common cold
              • Other ailments or conditions

              This medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

              Ibuprofen is available in both a prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) form. It’s used in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.

              The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved this medicine in 1974.

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              What is?Ibuprofen (Advil)?used for?

              • Dysmenorrhea
              • Fever
              • Osteoarthritis
              • Pain
              • Rheumatoid Arthritis
              • Collagen Vascular Disease
              • Autoimmune Disorder
              • Felty's Syndrome
              • Rheumatoid Lung
              • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
              • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
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              What is the most important information I should know about?Ibuprofen (Advil)?

              Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while taking this medicine.

              Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

              Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.

              You should not use ibuprofen if you are allergic to it, or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID.

              Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

              • heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke;
              • a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
              • a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
              • asthma;
              • liver or kidney disease;
              • fluid retention; or
              • a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, or lupus.

              Taking ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

              It is not known whether ibuprofen passes into breast milk or if it could affect a nursing baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

              Do not give ibuprofen to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

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              Side Effects

              What are the side effects of Ibuprofen (Advil)?

              Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: sneezing, runny or stuffy nose; wheezing or trouble breathing; hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

              Get emergency medical help if you have signs of a heart attack or stroke: chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, leg swelling, feeling short of breath.

              Stop using ibuprofen and call your doctor at once if you have:

              • changes in your vision;
              • shortness of breath (even with mild exertion);
              • swelling or rapid weight gain;
              • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
              • signs of stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
              • liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
              • kidney problems--little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;
              • low red blood cells (anemia)--pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; or
              • severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

              Common side effects may include:

              • nausea, vomiting, gas;
              • bleeding; or
              • dizziness, headache.

              This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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              Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

              Can I take?Ibuprofen (Advil)?if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

              Positive evidence of risk
              Based on FDA pregnancy categories

              Taking ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

              It is not known whether ibuprofen passes into breast milk or if it could affect a nursing baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

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              What drugs and food should I avoid while taking?Ibuprofen (Advil)?

              Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.

              Avoid taking aspirin unless your doctor tells you to.

              Avoid taking ibuprofen if you are taking aspirin to prevent stroke or heart attack. Ibuprofen can make aspirin less effective in protecting your heart and blood vessels. If you must use both medications, take the ibuprofen at least 8 hours before or 30 minutes after you take the aspirin (non-enteric coated form).

              Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medicine. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to ibuprofen. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.

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              Dosage Guidelines & Tips

              How to take?Ibuprofen (Advil)?

              Use?Ibuprofen (Advil)?exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

              Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition.

              Do not take more than your recommended dose. An ibuprofen overdose can damage your stomach or intestines. The maximum amount of ibuprofen for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day (4 maximum doses). Use only the smallest amount of ibuprofen needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever.

              A child's dose of ibuprofen is based on the age and weight of the child. Carefully follow the dosing instructions provided with children's ibuprofen for the age and weight of your child. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

              Take ibuprofen with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.

              Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

              The ibuprofen chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

              If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.

              Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.

              Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

              What should I do if I missed a dose of?Ibuprofen (Advil)?

              Since ibuprofen is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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              Overdose Signs

              What happens if I overdose on?Ibuprofen (Advil)?

              If you think you or someone else may have overdosed on:?Ibuprofen (Advil),? call your doctor or the Poison Control center
              (800) 222-1222
              If someone collapses or isn't breathing after taking?Ibuprofen (Advil), call 911
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              What to Expect

              Ibuprofen typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes to work when taken by mouth.

              If you’re using ibuprofen for chronic pain relief, you may need to take it regularly for up to three weeks before you notice the benefits.

              Ibuprofen is generally safe to use for several years, but taking it for a long time or in high doses can increase your risk for stomach bleeding or ulcers. If you take this medicine for years, you may also be at an increased risk for heart attack or stroke.

              Your doctor may prescribe a medicine to protect your stomach if you take ibuprofen long-term.

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              Additional Dosage Information

              Your dosage will depend on your medical condition, your age, your weight, and other factors.

              A typical dosage for adults who have minor aches and pains might be 200 milligrams (mg) to 400 mg of OTC ibuprofen every four to six hours.

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              Secondary Uses

              Ibuprofen may be used for many conditions that aren’t listed in this guide.

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