Alcohol and Ibuprofen | Can You Mix Ibuprofen and Alcohol?
There are many medicines available over-the-counter and by prescription that people are warned not to mix with alcohol. When you mix certain medicines with alcohol, the side effects can range from mild to severe, and in some cases may result in death.
So what about the commonly used over-the-counter pain reliever ibuprofen? What should you know about possible side effects of alcohol and ibuprofen? Can you mix ibuprofen and alcohol?
- Gastrointestinal bleeding: When you combine alcohol and ibuprofen on a regular basis it raises your risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Some signs of stomach issues that could be related to alcohol and ibuprofen include an ongoing upset stomach, black tarry stools, and blood in your vomit.
- Kidney damage: Long-term use of alcohol and ibuprofen can damage kidneys. Signs of problems with your kidneys that could be related to alcohol and ibuprofen include feeling tired, swelling of the hands, feet, and ankles, and shortness of breath.
- Lack of alertness: Another possible side effect of alcohol and ibuprofen used together is a lack of alertness. You may feel more relaxed if you combine the two but this can lead to drowsiness and raise your risk of being in an accident.
- Less effective medication: Taking certain medications with alcohol can make them less effective and may even exacerbate side effects.
Can you mix alcohol and ibuprofen?In general, you can if you only drink a small amount of alcohol, but you should be very careful and avoid it if you can. In fact, you should avoid taking any pain reliever while you’re drinking alcohol. Alcohol can cause irritation to your intestinal tract and stomach, and taking a NSAID like ibuprofen can make that worse. Also, with long-term use of alcohol and ibuprofen, you may experience a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems. The risk of side effects from alcohol and ibuprofen such as stomach bleeding is more likely to occur in people who are older than 60, who have had stomach bleeding in the past, or who take a high dose of ibuprofen. You should always speak with your doctor about alcohol and ibuprofen, or before drinking with any medicine, over-the-counter or otherwise. If you feel like you’re unable to stop drinking alcohol to the point where you can’t take ibuprofen, you may need to discuss an addiction treatment program with your healthcare provider.
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