Nurofen Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Nurofen is a Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS). Nurofen is
used to relieve the pain and inflammation of the rheumatoid arthritis
and osteoarthritis, treatment of menstrual pain, and relief of mild to
moderate pain, migraine and to reduce fever. Main ingredient in Nurofen is Ibuprofen. Nurofen works by blocking
and reducing the level of prostaglandis. Prostaglandins is a chemical
produced in the body in response to injury and certain diseases and
conditions and is responsible for causing inflammation, pain and fever.
Nurofen is available over-the-counter and with prescription.
Nurofen Side Effects
Nurofen side effects may include, abdominal pain, diarrhea,
constipation, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, heartburn,
indigestion, nausea, nervousness, rash, and vomiting. Rare Nurofen side effects may include, abdominal bleeding, blood in
urine, blurred vision, changes in heartbeat, confusion, depression, dry
eyes, hives, inability to sleep, kidney or liver damage, severe allergic
reactions, shortness of breath, sleepiness, stomach ulcer, vomiting blood,
painful urination. Ulcers or internal bleeding can happen especially when Nurofen is used
for long time or in large doses.
Nurofen Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Nurofen side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
NUROFEN AND PREGNANCY
Nurofen may affect the heart of the developing fetus. If you are pregnant especially the last half of the pregnancy or might become pregnant, you should consult your doctor or gynecologist before taking Nurofen.
Nurofen may pass into breast milk that could affect the heart of the baby. Nursing mothers should bottle-feed while taking Nurofen.
Nurofen overdose symptoms may include acute depression (crying
spell), abdominal pain, short breath, drowsiness, irregular heartbeat,
kidney failure, low blood pressure, nausea, seizures, and vomiting.
In case of an Nurofen overdose, seek medical attention right away.
If you miss a dose of Nurofen, take it as soon as you can. However, if
it is just about time for your next dose, skip the one you forgot and go
on with your regular schedule. Never take a double dose.
Avoid taking Nurofen if you are sensitive or allergic to aspirin, or if
you have asthma.
Inform your physician any drug reactions that you have experienced with
Nurofen in the past.
Drinking alcohol increases the side effects of Nurofen especially
Do not use more than the dosage prescribed by your physician.
Taking Nurofen with blood pressure medicines such as beta-blockers and
diuretics lowers their effectiveness.
Peptic ulcers and bleeding can occur without warning when using
Nurofen should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver
Do not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory drugs while taking
Nurofen unless advised by your physician.
If you have a severe allergic reaction from Nurofen, seek medical help
If you are taking blood-thinning medication such as warfarin, Nurofen
may extend bleeding time.
Check with your physician before combining Nurofen with the following:
Blood pressure medications
Beta-blockers such as Atenolol
Do not combine Nurofen with herbs like Garlic, Ginkgo and Ginseng.