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What are the risks of taking ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke, especially if you have heart disease or heart disease or strokes run in your family. If you have stomach or intestinal ulcers, ibuprofen can increase the risk for bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Older adults who smoke and/or drink alcohol have a higher risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers when using ibuprofen. Symptoms of stroke, heart attack, ulcers and intestinal bleeding can develop without warning, and require immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis is another risk associated with using ibuprofen. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include: irregular heartbeat, changes in skin color, hives, swelling or puffiness of the eyes, difficulty breathing, wheezing and feeling faint. Although rare, ibuprofen can increase your risk for meningitis.

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