Who should not take ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen should not be taken by anyone who has kidney issues, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers and, in some cases, asthma. In this video, pain management expert Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, discusses who should avoid using ibuprofen and why.

Pregnant women should not use ibuprofen because it can be harmful to an unborn baby. If you have heart disease or hypertension, or have had a heart attack or stroke, you may not be able to take ibuprofen. Talk to your doctor before using ibuprofen or any medications that contains ibuprofen if your family has a history of heart disease or strokes. If you have edema or are prone to fluid retention, do not use ibuprofen unless approved for use by your doctor. Do not use ibuprofen or other medications that contain ibuprofen if you're already taking another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ask the doctor before taking ibuprofen if you already take aspirin to prevent heart attack. Do not take medications that contain ibuprofen if you're allergic to ibuprofen. Adult forms and doses of ibuprofen should not be given to children. If your child has a severe sore throat or sore throat and fever, headaches, nausea and is vomiting, do not give ibuprofen; see the pediatrician first. Ibuprofen should not be taken before or after coronary bypass surgery.

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