Motrin is in the drug class called NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs).Two main problems common to all NSAIDs are inhibition of blood clot formation by platelets and increased gastric acid secretion.
How side effects of Motrin can be minimized
As with any medication Motrin should be taken as a whole with full glass of water. It should be used in recommended dosage. It comes as enteric coated tablets to bypass stomach to minimize gastric side effects. It should not be crushed before use. Adverse effects like stomach irritation and ulceration can be minimized by taking the medication with milk or aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide tablets. Patient should take the lowest possible dose to minimize side effects.
When to take doctors advice
If you have bleeding disorder, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, history of NSAID allergy (including aspirin) or bronchial asthma, you should tell that to your doctor. If you have a history of troublesome gastritis, bleeding from the gastro intestinal tract, and passing dark color stools then you should consult your doctor before taking this drug.
If you have fever for more than two days, then you should not take this medication without your doctor’s advice. It is dangerous to take Motrin for longer and regular duration without your doctor’s recommendation.
Common side effects of Motrin
Burning stomach pain, gastro intestinal discomfort, nausea, bleeding and gastric ulceration can occur. Those patients who have a history of stomach ulceration and bleeding should not use Motrin. These problems are more common in elderly patients. If you happen to pass dark color stools, got severe abdominal pain then you should consult your doctor immediately.
Some patients can have life threatening complication called anaphylactic shock. This is characterized by sudden faintish ness, low blood pressure, wide spread hives, shortness of breath and pallor. In an anaphylactic shock drug should be discontinued immediately, and patient should seek emergency medical help. These life threatening complications are common in patients who are allergic to other NSAIDs including aspirin, voltaren and mobic.
Effects of Motrin on Pregnancy and breast feeding
If you are pregnant, you should not take Motrin. It can cause serious harm to fetus in last three months. Amount in milk is too small to be harmful. However, manufacturer advice to avoid if possible.
British National Formulary
AHFS Drug Information.