Is Ibuprofen safe?

Not for everyone, a new Health Canada safety review says.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Physicians and dentists have been using ibuprofen to treat headaches and mild to moderate pain for years.

Some mild side effects do exist. The most common one is gastrointestinal discomfort. Ibuprofen can irritate the stomach lining and may lead to stomach ulcers. Patients being treated with hypertension should also be cautious since Ibuprofen may increase blood pressure. Other common side effects include constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating, dizziness, nervousness, and ringing in the ears. Seek medical attention is these symptoms do arise.

Traditionally, Ibuprofen has been safely taken by many age groups. Common brands include Advil and Motrin. Over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets typically contain 200 mg of medication.

Just recently, Health Canada released a Safety Review warning of the risk of “serious heart and stroke adverse events in high doses.”

In summary, high doses of ibuprofen increases your risk of a cardiovascular event. Doses of more than 2400 mg per day are not to be exceeded in those with certain heart problems. So be cautious. For example, one Advil tablet is 200 mg, making it easy to reach 12 tablets in a day if you’re in a lot of pain. See more at

Talk to me to see if Ibuprofen is suitable for you.