Ibuprofen is one of the most common and basic medication. it is easily available everywhere, doesn’t requires a prescription and we have generations like our parents, aunts and even sometimes our grandparents taking it. Ibuprofen is one of the most trusted drugs. It is also listed as core drug on the famous list of basic medicines made by world health organization or WHO and is called as the “Essential Drug List”. This list contains the minimum must have drugs to maintain a health care system. But there are also some ibuprofen side effects too.
Well for those who don’t know, let me tell you what ibuprofen is and what are ibuprofen side effects? Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory drug. It does not contain any steroids, that is, it is non steroidal drug. It is a non prescription drug and easily available as over the counter drug at pharmacies across the world. It is used to treat many general problems like fever, menstrual pains or primary dysmenorrheal and also as an analgesic. Analgesics are the drug which is given to lessen the pain in body or body part, while remaining conscious that means that the person do not becomes unconscious.
Now how does this ibuprofen works? Well there are these chemicals named prostaglandins. These chemicals are released by our body in case we get injured. These chemicals cause pain and inflammation or swelling. This is the sign which body uses to tell us that our body is injured and it needs help. What ibuprofen does is that it blocks these prostaglandins. This reduces both the pain and the swelling, providing relief to the person who is injured. This is why ibuprofen is so popular among people. The other reason behind ibuprofen’s popularity is the low number of ibuprofen side effects. Some of the most common uses are fever, inflammation, headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, minor injuries, menstrual pain and common allergies.
Some of the common ibuprofen side effects are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia which includes problems like bloating or indigestion and upper abdominal pain, any pain in stomach or intestines. Some less common side effects are dizziness, fluid retention, hypertension, stomach ulcers, rashes or stomach inflammation.
You should not take ibuprofen if you are sensitive or allergic to aspirin or any non steroidal anti inflammatory medication. You should not take it if you have or have had peptic ulcer or a severe heart attack or if you are pregnant. You should always check with your doctor about taking ibuprofen if you have had asthma or kidney problems or liver problems or high blood pressure or heart problems or have ever suffered from stomach bleeding or if ever have had a stroke.
Ibuprofen side effects or not, you should always consult your doctor before starting any medication.