“Do not take ibuprofen with alcohol because that slightly increases your risk for GI bleeding,” says Dr. Gandhi. This will only further damage the stomach lining and lead to abdominal pain and blood loss.
If you’ve just finished a marathon and you’re grabbing a beer, don’t take ibuprofen with it, she adds. ”Taking ibuprofen after a long marathon race, and not adequately staying hydrated right after, also increases risk of acute kidney damage,” she says.
“I often see athletes after a race end up with rhabdomyolysis, acute muscle and kidney injury, because they don’t stay adequately hydrated after a race, or drink alcohol to celebrate and take ibuprofen to improve their overexertion and muscle soreness,” she explains.
Additionally, if you’re pregnant, limit your usage of ibuprofen, especially during the third trimester, as it increases the risk of heart and lung conditions, causing the baby’s heart to close prematurely, warns Dr. Gandhi. When used for too long or in overuse, “it is also believed to prolong labor and increase the risk of bleeding,” she adds.