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Benefits and Problems of Ibuprofen for Arthritis and Joint Pain

By    |   Friday, 07 Oct 2016 10:18 AM

Ibuprofen, including the name brands Advil and Motrin, is used to treat arthritis and joint pain by reducing hormones responsible for inflammation and pain. Although it provides pain relief for arthritis sufferers, it also carries risks of side effects.

When the soft tissues around the joints become inflamed from arthritis, pain often results. Arthritic conditions cause the body’s immune system to attack the soft tissues. Ibuprofen helps to block production of certain chemicals in the body that lead to the arthritis process, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This reduces the inflammation and pain.

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Ibuprofen, however, can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially for people with heart disease, and may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, according to MedlinePlus. Taking ibuprofen for a long time, being in poor health, or having three or more alcoholic drinks a day can increase the risk of stomach and heart issues.

Complications and interactions with other medications may occur when taking ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). MedlinePlus advises people considering Advil, Motrin and other ibuprofen products to tell their doctor if they are taking blood thinners, aspirin or prescribed NSAIDs.

Some arthritis patients use acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, which doesn’t have the same stomach or heart risks as ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. However, acetaminophen also has side effects and may damage the liver when overdosing, the Arthritis Foundation said.

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A doctor and pharmacist can help you decide about taking ibuprofen products if you have a history of heart disease, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, or stomach ulcers.

Advil, Motrin, and ibuprofen are also used to reduce fever and treat pain such as headache, back pain and minor injuries. Common side effects include upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, nervousness, rash and ringing in the ears, according to Drugs.com.

Serious side effects include rapid weight gain, problems urinating, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, severe blistering, skin redness, bruising, severe headaches, and other unusual disorders. People should stop taking ibuprofen and seek medical help if these symptoms occur.

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