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Are there any serious advil side effects?

Ibuprofen, commonly sold under the brand name Advil, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. While generally considered safe for most individuals, Advil can cause side effects, especially when not used as directed.

Serious side effects of Advil can include:

1. Cardiovascular issues: NSAIDs like Advil may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially in those with a history of heart disease or risk factors for heart disease [1].

2. Gastrointestinal problems: Long-term use of Advil can lead to stomach ulcers, bleeding, and in rare cases, perforation of the stomach or intestines [1].

3. Kidney damage: Prolonged use or high doses of Advil can cause kidney damage or kidney failure [1].

4. Allergic reactions: Some people may experience allergic reactions to Advil, which can range from skin rashes and hives to life-threatening anaphylaxis [1].

5. Hearing and balance problems: Long-term use of Advil has been linked to hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and balance disorders [1].

6. Liver damage: In rare cases, Advil can cause liver damage or failure [1].

It is essential to follow the recommended dosage and consult a healthcare professional before starting or continuing Advil, especially for those with preexisting health conditions or those taking other medications [1].


[1] DrugPatentWatch. "Advil Side Effects."

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