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Is it safe to take advil every day?

Advil is a brand name for the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ibuprofen [1]. Ibuprofen is commonly used to relieve pain, fever, and inflammation. While it is generally safe to take ibuprofen occasionally, taking it every day can have potential risks.

According to Dignity Health [2], taking ibuprofen regularly for bone and joint pain can have side effects. Long-term use of ibuprofen can cause gastrointestinal problems such as stomach ulcers, bleeding, and perforation. It can also increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage. Cleveland Clinic [3] also warns that taking ibuprofen every day can lead to kidney damage, heartburn, and stomach ulcers.

It is important to note that the risks associated with taking ibuprofen every day increase with age, especially for those over 60 years old [3]. Additionally, individuals with a history of stomach ulcers, kidney disease, or heart disease should avoid taking ibuprofen regularly.

In conclusion, while ibuprofen can be an effective pain reliever, taking it every day can have potential risks. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking ibuprofen regularly, especially for those with pre-existing conditions or over the age of 60.


Follow-up:   What are the side effects of daily Advil use? Can long-term Advil use cause stomach problems? Is there a maximum recommended daily Advil dosage?

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