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Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Can ibuprofen cause heart problems?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Like other such drugs, it may increase the risk for cardiovascular problems such as a heart attack or stroke. These can happen without warning and can be fatal. The risks are greater for those taking NSAIDs for long periods. Tell your doctor about any of the following:
    • if you or anyone in your family has a history of heart disease, heart attack or stroke
    • if you smoke
    • if you have a history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes
    • if you are having a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), a type of heart surgery (don't take ibuprofen right before or right after the surgery)
    • if you develop symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness in one part or side of your body, or slurred speech

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