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How do You Know if Ibuprofen is Working?

One of the most effective non-prescription pain medications that are available in any drug store is Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug referred to medically by its acronym NSAID. Ibuprofen is what to take when experiencing mild to moderate pain that can be reduced with a non-narcotic pain reliever. Ibuprofen is well regarded for lowering swelling and fever. Many medical doctors will prescribe an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen for patients who are not seriously injured or sick. Ibuprofen is a safe drug but can cause damage to the gastrointestinal system, particularly to the stomach and stomach lining. 

Using Ibuprofen As Directed

For any store-bought medication, it is critical to use the medicine as instructed on the label. People at risk for misusing over-the-counter medications may not know that they should not be taking them. Additionally, people who struggle with drug/alcohol use and addiction may inadvertently resort to using more than necessary out of old behaviors. 

Is the Ibuprofen Working?

Ibuprofen can provide relief from pain and fever within about 45 minutes to an hour. For specific instances of inflammation, the results can take longer to notice the reduction. Swelling often causes more swelling; therefore, the anti-inflammatory response will be progressive, especially in joints or muscles. Doctors who prescribe Ibuprofen as a course of treatment for inflammation know that the cumulative effect will take about one week to show fewer negative symptoms. Therefore, understanding if the Ibuprofen is effective will depend on if the symptoms the Ibuprofen is meant for have been reduced- in simple words, it is working if you feel better.  The National Institutes of Health explain why Ibuprofen is a preferred medication for inflammation and swelling. Medical doctors often rely on it to promote health for numerous medical conditions that cause inflammation, pain, or fever. 

Ibuprofen is a medication used to manage and treat inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid disorders, mild to moderate pain, fever, dysmenorrhea, and osteoarthritis. It is in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class of medications. Ibuprofen is indicated and FDA-approved for use in the treatment of inflammatory diseases and rheumatoid disorders.  Today, Ibuprofen remains a monotherapy for managing pain in rheumatoid disorders and inflammatory diseases. (NIH)  

Is Ibuprofen a Strong Medicine?

People who have sensitive stomachs or are recovering from liver disease or hepatitis due to alcohol or drug use are most often advised not to take Ibuprofen to reduce their pain, fever, or swelling. Since Ibuprofen is considered potent most people with stomach conditions or risk of one must be cautious. Ibuprofen is, however, most often purchased over the counter, and if you are struggling with alcohol use disorder or addiction, it is recommended to see a doctor first. Ibuprofen is used for relief from the following medical symptoms and diagnoses: 

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Ear Infections
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Sunburns
  • Muscle cramps and strains
  • Swelling from minor surgery or injury 
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Joint inflammatory disease

What Happens When You Take Too Much Ibuprofen?

Many dangerous side effects stem from taking too much Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is not safe for everyone. The main adverse effect of taking too much Ibuprofen or when you are not medically cleared to use it because of other conditions such as alcohol use disorder and liver disease is a risk of a heart attack and stomach ulcers that bleed. Like other drugs, there are always severe side effects that can occur from ingesting more Ibuprofen than is necessary or safe. The Mayo Clinic states how serious the conditions can become after consuming Ibuprofen. They encourage communication with a doctor at all times when taking Ibuprofen.  

It is very important that your doctor check your [overall health]. This medicine may raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This medicine may cause bleeding in your stomach or intestines. These problems can happen without warning signs.  (MAYO)

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