What is ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a painkiller available over the counter, that is been taken most times without prescription. This medicine belongs to a class of drugs called (NSAIDs) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Still in this class of drugs you will find the likes of aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen) and several others.
People who have mild to moderate pain fever and inflammation fall back on these drugs. It could also be used to ease pain , swelling caused by sprains and strains such as injuries even menstrual pains.
What is ibuprofen / Types of Ibuprofen : Where it could be bought
Ibuprofen can be bought from the pharmacies, retail outlets or supermarkets. Ibuprofen are in various forms namely :
liquids, capsules, tablets, gels or creams, even spray.
Side effects of ibuprofen
Here are some common side effects from ibuprofen :
- ringing in the ears,
- abdominal pain,
- constipation, and
How to use the ibuprofen
If the doctor did not prescribe this drug for you, make sure you read all directions carefully before taking the medication. Make sure you ask your doctor or pharmacist questions anytime you don’t understand anything.
- Ibuprofen is taking by mouth, usually every 4-6 hours with a full glass of water.
- It is not advised to lie down for at least 10 minutes after you must have taken ibuprofen.
- If you have noticed stomach upset while taking this medication, please take with food or milk or even antacid.
- Ibuprofen should be given to children with respect to their weight. Read instruction properly to avoid complications.
If after taking ibuprofen and your condition persists or worsens, do not hesitate to get medical help right away. If also you are on self medication do not fail to let your doctor know if pain worsens or last more than a week.
Ibuprofen Elevates Blood Pressure in Arthritis
A recent study has revealed that Ibuprofen increases blood pressure and hypertension more than celecoxib in patients who have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. These were study results presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s ESC Congress 2017 in Barcelona.
“PRECISION-ABPM showed differential blood pressure effects between the different NSAIDs, ibuprofen and naproxen, and the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib,” said principal investigator Frank Ruschitzka, professor of cardiology and co-head, Department of Cardiology, University Heart Centre, Zurich, Switzerland.
“While celecoxib and naproxen produced either a slight decrease (celecoxib) or a relatively small increase (naproxen) in blood pressure, ibuprofen was associated with a significant increase in ambulatory systolic blood pressure of more than 3 mmHg.”
In an additional analysis, the percentage of patients with normal baseline blood pressure in whom hypertension developed was 23.2% for ibuprofen, 19.0% for naproxen, and 10.3% for celecoxib.
“Patients receiving ibuprofen had a 61% higher incidence of de novo hypertension compared to those receiving celecoxib,” said Professor Ruschitzka.
IMPORTANT : Do not give this medication to an arthritis patient without the knowledge of a doctor.