Ibuprofen is available over-the-counter and without a prescription. It is a part of the group of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and they can be used to:
- Ease slight to moderate pain such as migraines, toothache, and menstrual pain.
- Control a fever or high temperature, such as pyrexia. For example, when a patient has the flu.
- Ease pain and inflammation or redness and swelling which may be caused by rheumatic diseases or conditions which affect the joints. They also relieve pain from musculoskeletal disorders or conditions which affect the muscles and bones, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Ease pain and swelling that is caused by strains and sprains.
Ibuprofen is of many types and is made by diverse companies, under distinct brands and in a vast range of forms, such as tablets or caplets, sprays, gels, and liquids. In some of these products, ibuprofen is mixed with other elements. For instance, it is occasionally combined with a decongestant or medicine for a stuffed nose and sold as a remedy for cold and flu, for example, Sudafed.
It works as a painkiller by upsetting chemicals in the body which is called prostaglandins. These Prostaglandins are substances that are released in response to injury or illness, and they cause swelling and pain (inflammation). These chemicals that are released in the brain can also cause a high temperature.
The painkilling effect of ibuprofen starts soon after a dose is ingested, but the anti-inflammatory impact is weak and will take a longer time to begin. It can at times take up to three weeks to see excellent results, and ibuprofen shouldn’t be used to treat conditions which are mostly related to inflammation.
Uses of ibuprofen
Ibuprofen needs to be avoided by individuals with certain health disorders, such as a present or recent stomach ulcer, or history of bad reactions to the NSAIDs.
It has to be used with caution in elderly people, and people with other health conditions, such as liver problems, asthma or kidney problems.
Preferably, pregnant women should refrain from taking ibuprofen unless it is recommended by a medical practitioner. However, ibuprofen shows in breast milk of a nursing mother in small amounts, so it is unlikely to cause any visible harm to a baby while breastfeeding.
Why can’t I give Ibuprofen for hip pain?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, and others seem to work better if there is clear indication of an inflammatory cause, like and injury or arthritis.
However, they should not be taken for prolonged periods unless the doctor prescribes it. If individuals take NSAIDS for long periods, there is a bigger risk of stomach upset, which may include bleeding, heart and kidney problems.
Patients are also instructed not to take more than the dose which was recommended by the doctor, as this will escalate the risk of some serious side effects.
Research has revealed that ibuprofen may increase the risk of stroke or a fatal heart attack when used for hip pain, especially if the patients use it for a long term or take larger doses. The drug is also not to be before or after a heart bypass surgery.
Ibuprofen may also cause intestinal bleeding, which can become fatal and these conditions might occur without any warning while ibuprofen is being used, especially in elderly persons. It is only safe to take these when they are prescribed by a doctor for the pain.
A hip pain may be caused by an underlying factor, and the pain will keep reoccurring until the underlying condition is treated. This implies that using ibuprofen for the pain will be prolonged and when it is used for long periods, it can damage the stomach or intestines. Also, it is unwise to take ibuprofen for hip pain if you are allergic to it as it could trigger an allergic reaction which may also be fatal. It could also cause an asthma attack where a person is allergic to it.
There is a lengthy list of effects of the use of ibuprofen over a short or a long term. All these constituents need to be kept in mind while taking the drug for hip pain.
- Changes in the vision.
- Shortness of breath even with mild effort.
- Swelling or fast weight gain
- The first symptom of any skin rash on the body, no matter how mild.
- Any signs of stomach bleeding such as tarry or bloody stools, and coughing blood or vomiting which looks like coffee pieces.
- Liver conditions such as nausea, itching, upper stomach pain, tired feeling, loss of appetite, flu-like symptoms, clay-colored stools, dark urine, and jaundice or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
- Kidney conditions such as little or no urinating, or painful or problematic urination, and swelling in the feet and ankles, and feeling weak or short of breath.
- Anemia or low red blood cells along with pale skin, shortness of breath, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, severe skin conditions and trouble concentrating.
- Fever, sore throat, and swelling of the face or tongue, and burning in the eyes. Skin pain which is followed by a purple or red skin rash that blowouts (especially in the upper body or face) and causes peeling and blistering,
Other common side effects of ibuprofen side may include;
- Upset stomach, nausea, mild heartburn, vomiting.
- Bloating, diarrhea, gas, constipation.
- Dizziness, nervousness, headache.
- Mild itching or a rash
- And ringing in the ears.