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Ibuprofen

Sounds Like: eye.bew.pro.fin

Classification: Over the Counter, anti-inflammatory

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: Unscheduled

Other names for Ibuprofen

  • Advil
  • Motrin
  • IBU
  • corpsman candy
  • vitamin m

Ibuprofen Addiction

Ibuprofen is not considered addictive, though extended use of the pain relieving medication can cause serious side effects to the body.
Marketed as Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used to reduce headaches, muscle pain and aches from the cold or flu. Ibuprofen has been shown to affect the body rather than the brain, and as such has been called non habit forming by drug makers such as Pfizer.

However, more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For many of these people use of pain relievers such as ibuprofen is a part of life. The Cleveland Clinic released the results of a study that found 15% of NSAID users exceed the maximum recommended daily dose.

 

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Intended Use of Ibuprofen

Originally designed to be a substitute for aspirin, researchers at Boots Pure Drug Company begin creating what would eventually be ibuprofen in 1953. Ibuprofen blocks the body’s production of certain chemicals that cause inflammation. It can decrease swelling, pain or fever. It’s often used to reduce pain after minor bumps and bruises, or even dental procedures.

How Ibuprofen Is Taken

Most people take ibuprofen as a pill which is swallowed. It’s important to follow instructions on the package or your doctor’s directions. It recommended that most adults use less than 400mg of ibuprofen within a six-hour time range. Specific dosage will be based on your medical condition, height and weight.

Side Effects of
Ibuprofen

Prolonged or high dose usage of ibuprofen has been shown to cause stomach bleeding and damage to the liver and other organs.

Signs of an
Addiction to Ibuprofen

Unable to function normally without ibuprofen

The need to carry or have quick access to ibuprofen

Needing more ibuprofen then is recommended

Mixing ibuprofen with other drugs or alcohol

Being anxious or depressed when you don't have ibuprofen

Ibuprofen
Abuse Facts

The patent for ibuprofen was filed in 1961.

Taking more than 1,200mg of ibuprofen daily increases risk of myocardial infraction.

Ibuprofen became an over-the-counter drug in 1996 in most countries.