Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones in the body that cause inflammation and pain. Ibuprofen is used to treat pain and inflammation caused by a variety of conditions, including headaches, toothaches, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and minor injury. Ibuprofen can raise your chances of having a fatal heart attack or stroke. This medication should not be taken immediately before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG). Ibuprofen can also cause fatal stomach and intestinal bleeding. These conditions, particularly in the elderly, can occur suddenly while taking this medication.
Take no more than the recommended dose. An ibuprofen overdose can cause stomach or intestinal damage.