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Is ibuprofen safe for long-term use?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Long-term use of ibuprofen can increase the risk for heart attack, stroke and ulcers. It can also increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach. Your doctor will need to regularly test your urine and blood if you are taking ibuprofen long-term. Over-the-counter ibuprofen should not be used for more than 10 days to treat body aches, unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use ibuprofen to treat your child's fever for longer than three days. If a child has a fever for more than three days, the child should be taken to the doctor.

Dr. Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD
Pain Medicine Specialist

Ibuprofen is not safe for continuous, daily, long-term use due to its affect on the liver, kidneys and blood pressure. Watch pain management expert Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, explain how too much ibuprofen can have a negative impact over time.

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