8 Advil side effects you should know about
Advil has some common side effects, as well as some serious ones. The side effects discussed here aren’t the only ones possible. So be sure to discuss the risks of Advil with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before picking up a bottle at the pharmacy.
Nausea is a common stomach-related Advil side effect. In clinical trials, between 3% and 9% of people taking prescription-strength ibuprofen experienced nausea.
Heartburn is also common when taking Advil. Between 3% and 9% of people experienced heartburn while taking prescription-strength ibuprofen in clinical trials.
3. Stomach pain
Stomach pain after taking Advil may go hand-in-hand with other stomach-related side effects. Similar to the side effects above, between 3% and 9% of people experienced stomach pain in clinical trials.
Dizziness is also common with Advil. Like those mentioned above, between 3% and 9% of people taking prescription-strength ibuprofen in studies reported dizziness.
5. High blood pressure
High blood pressure is a possible long-term side effect of Advil. While blood pressure changes are typically small, it can still be a worrisome side effect. Some studies have shown that it’s possible to develop hypertension (chronic high blood pressure) when taking Advil long term.
If you already have high blood pressure, you should speak with your healthcare provider before taking Advil.
6. Kidney damage
Taking Advil for a long period of time can potentially lead to kidney damage. This risk is higher for people over the age of 60, and for those with chronic kidney disease. Thankfully, this side effect is usually reversible once you stop taking Advil.
7. Stomach ulcers or bleeding
Advil can also cause stomach ulcers or bleeding. The risk of this serious side effect is much higher if you have a history of stomach ulcers. The risk is also higher for:
- Older adults
- People who take blood thinners or corticosteroids
- People who drink three or more alcoholic beverages per day
- People who take high doses of ibuprofen or take it for a long period of time
8. Higher risk of heart attacks
NSAIDs, including Advil, are linked to a higher risk of heart attacks. This risk goes up with higher doses of ibuprofen and long-term use. It’s best to check with your healthcare provider before starting a regular Advil regimen. And if you have heart disease, you should ask your provider before taking any NSAIDs — even for short-term use.
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