You Might Be Allergic To Ibuprofen If This Happens

When we are in pain, the first thing that many of us do is crack open our pill bottles. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) is a popular choice. Luckily for us, the typical result of taking the pill is that we feel better fast. However, that isn't the case for everyone. Side effects are relatively rare, but for some people, they can be severe.

The most common side effects, manifesting in 4-16% of patients, are gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, and diarrhea (per Drugs). According to Healthline, these side effects are typically mild and can often be avoided altogether by taking ibuprofen with food or milk. Serious side effects are rare, but they can include ulcers, internal bleeding, liver failure, and cardiovascular or kidney problems.

Many side effects can be avoided by taking only a safe dosage of the medicine; according to Reuters, roughly 15% of people who take ibuprofen take higher than the recommended amount, thereby putting themselves at risk of severe side effects. Of course, the surest way to avoid taking too much ibuprofen is to consult your doctor and take his or advice.

However, there are some people for whom even a small dosage of the medicine can be dangerous. These are people who are allergic to ibuprofen.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects

According to the FDA, people are more likely to experience allergic reactions to ibuprofen if they have exhibited such reactions to other pain relievers in the past. You may be allergic to ibuprofen if you experience shock, hives, swelling, rash, blisters, wheezing, or redness of the skin. If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking ibuprofen and see a doctor immediately.

The FDA advises to take ibuprofen for no longer than ten days unless directed by a doctor, and to take no more ibuprofen than is necessary or medically directed. Also, while hardly anybody reads the directions on product containers, it may be a good idea to start. Of course, you can't go wrong by consulting a doctor about your usage of ibuprofen, especially if you are above the age of 60, are using other medications, have chronic medical conditions, or have had serious problems using pain relievers in the past.