If you are prescribed ibuprofen, your GP will prescribe the lowest suitable dose for the shortest time in order to reduce the risk. If you have purchased ibuprofen, it is important not to take more than the recommended dose as the risks of side effects will increase if you do.
Furthermore, the Mayo Clinic warn against taking ibuprofen with any other anti-inflammatory painkiller, some of which are available in cold and flu remedies which can be bought ‘over the counter’.
Some medicines, especially anti-inflammatories, are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine can only be used if extra care is taken.
For these reasons, before you start taking ibuprofen, it is important that your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist knows: