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Ibuprofen overdose

Alternative names

Poisoning from an overdose of ibuprofen.

Where Found

  • Motrin
  • Rufen
  • Advil
  • PediaProfen
  • Nuprin
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • body as a whole
    • unsteadiness
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • ringing in the ears
    • blurred vision
  • gastrointestinal
    • nausea and/or vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • stomach pain
    • possible loss of blood in stomach and intestinal areas
  • nervous system
    • headache
    • agitation
    • incoherence (not understandable)
    • confusion
    • coma
    • drowsiness

Home Treatment

There is no home treatment. Contact your Poison Control Center immediately if you know someone that overdosed on Ibuprofen.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed
  • if the medication was prescribed for the patient

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the person to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Administer activated charcoal.
  • Administer a laxative.
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Recovery is very likely if good supportive measures are given.

Update Date: 2/12/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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