Precautions and Warnings With Motrin
Warnings and precautions relating to this drug include the following:
- There are certain other medications that Motrin can interact with (see Drug Interactions With Motrin ).
- All NSAIDs, including Motrin, have been reported to cause cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke, which can result in loss of life. People with cardiovascular disease or who have cardiovascular risk factors appear to be at greater risk.
To decrease the chances of developing these problems, it is recommended that people take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Also, call 911 or an ambulance if you notice things such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, and slurring of speech.
- All NSAIDs, including Motrin, may cause or worsen high blood pressure. Motrin should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure.
- All NSAIDs, including Motrin, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling. Also, Motrin should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
- All NSAIDs, including Motrin, have been reported to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines. These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Extreme caution should be used if Motrin is prescribed for people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.
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- Kidney damage can happen in people taking NSAIDs, including Motrin. It is more common in people with kidney disease, heart failure, liver problems, those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitor medication, and the elderly.
- Liver damage can occur with people who are taking Motrin. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice things such as nausea, tiredness, lethargy, itchy or yellowing skin, abdominal pain, or flu-like symptoms.
- NSAIDs, including Motrin, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as hives, unexplained rash, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face and throat.
- In rare cases, people taking Motrin can develop a very serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking the Motrin and call your healthcare provider.
- Cases of meningitis have been reported rarely in people taking Motrin. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any possible meningitis symptoms, such as high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty looking into bright lights.
- If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Motrin. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the Motrin.
- NSAIDs have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Motrin and 12 weeks after treatment has started.
- Motrin has been known to cause anemia. If you are taking Motrin for an extended period of time and show signs of anemia, talk to your healthcare provider.
- Problems with vision have been reported in people taking Motrin. If you notice any changes in your vision, such as blurry vision or changes in color vision, contact your healthcare provider.
- You should not take Motrin with any other NSAIDs, as this may increase your risk for any of the problems discussed above. There are many NSAIDs available with or without a prescription; make sure to read labels carefully. Some examples of NSAIDs are: naproxen (Naprosyn®), naproxen sodium (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®), diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®), indomethacin (Indocin®), nabumetone (Relafen®), oxaprozin (Daypro®), celecoxib (Celebrex®), meloxicam (Mobic®), etodolac (Lodine®), ketoprofen, ketorolac (Toradol®), and others. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of these medications.
- Motrin is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should take Motrin only if the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. Motrin is not recommended for women in the third trimester of pregnancy because it can cause injury (and even death) to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Motrin, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Motrin and Pregnancy for more information).
- If you are nursing, it is recommended that you do not take Motrin. Therefore, if you are taking Motrin, discuss with your healthcare provider whether to stop nursing or discontinue the medication.