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How does ibuprofen interact with other medications or foods?

Always read the ingredient label on your other medications before taking ibuprofen; look for information regarding possible drug interactions with this nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Some medications such as cough and cold medicines contain ibuprofen. It can decrease the heart protection effect of low-dose aspirin (which is another NSAID). If you are taking both medications, take ibuprofen at least eight hours before your daily dose of aspirin or 30 minutes after taking aspirin. If a medication already contains ibuprofen avoid taking ibuprofen separately unless directed by your doctor. Ibuprofen can interact with other medications used to treat more serious health conditions. If you are taking any of the following types of medications, tell your doctor: angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (benazepril, enalapril , lisinopril, quinapril, ramipril), blood thinners (warfarin), diuretics (water pills), lithium, methotrexate, steroids, corticosteroids and other NSAIDs (diclofenac, etodolac, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen, piroxicam). Drinking alcohol while taking ibuprofen should be avoided because of the risk of damage to the gastrointestinal lining. Talk to your doctor if you experience any abnormal or allergic reactions while using ibuprofen.

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