Ibuprofen and Alcohol

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Ibuprofen is a kind of anti-inflammatory medication which comes under the category of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Ibuprofen is used for the purpose of treatment of various kinds of pain, fever and different swellings. It might be possible that Ibuprofen is sold under different kinds of brands with different but the basic component remains the same and a doctor’s prescription is not needed to purchase it.

Ibuprofen and alcohol

Mixing ibuprofen, or as a matter of fact, any kind of medication along with alcohol can be termed injurious to health. Especially if it is as strong as ibuprofen in nature, it will be especially harmful due to sedative properties of alcohol and other strong effects of ibuprofen.  Alcohol also interferes with the chemical composition of the medications, thus making it low effective in nature. Ibuprofen already has its own side effects as it increases the risk of both stroke and myocardial infarction. These risks become relatively greater when alcohol is consumed along with the medication. Hangover must be cured with other methods and not with NSAIDs, especially ibuprofen.

When it is the case in the department of alcohol, not all the persons metabolize it at a similar or at a particular rate. Its tendency to reach a higher level in the bloodstream is more in women than in men. If there is a medication of ibuprofen, there should be abstinence from alcohol. Small amounts of alcohol do not matter, but it is always better to be safe than never. A limitation to the amount of alcohol is needed while on medication, especially on ibuprofen but stoppage of drinking is heavily advised.

Some of the troubles experienced while drinking alcohol on ibuprofen medication might be upsetting of stomach, and the stools might be black in color with a tarry nature. Vomiting of blood may be occasional but sometimes might be present with the color of coffee. This might be a signal of internal bleeding and a doctor’s advice is heavily needed in such cases. Some unwanted changes might also occur in the gastrointestinal tract due to mixing of both these substances.

This results due to a possibility in stomach tear and perforations in the lining of stomach. And the pain caused in the stomach at that time is not the regular superficial pain, but is the kind of pain when the internal organs suffer from bleeding due to damage. This is a good reason not to use ibuprofen if the person is a regular drinker or if a person already has alcohol in his or her body. When a person suffers from stomach ulcer, the odds for development of different problems due to mixing of two kinds of drugs, namely alcohol and ibuprofen increases in a tenfold manner.

When such tablets are purchased from a pharmacist, the label on it warns about the potential side effects of the drug if at all taken in excess, and the damage caused if taken along with alcohol. The warning on the tablets is always for a reason, and one should not jeopardize with own or someone’s health.