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Ibuprofen overdose

Ibuprofen overdose


Advil overdose; Nuprin overdose; PediaProfen overdose; Rufen overdose; Motrin overdose

Ibuprofen is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication.

This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or 1-800-222-1222 for a local poison control center.

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  • Poisonous Ingredient

    Ibuprofen is sold over-the-counter and by prescription.

  • Where Found

    • Advil
    • Medipren
    • Midol
    • Motrin
    • Nuprin
    • Pamprin IB
    • PediaProfen
    • Rufen

    Note: This list may not be all-inclusive.

  • Symptoms

    Eyes, ears, nose, throat, and mouth

    • Ringing in the ears
    • Blurred vision


    • Diarrhea
    • Heartburn
    • Nausea
    • Stomach pain (possible bleeding in stomach and intestines)
    • Vomiting


    • Little to no urine production


    • Breathing - difficult
    • Breathing - slow
    • Wheezing

    Nervous system

    • Headache
    • Agitation
    • Incoherence (not understandable)
    • Confusion
    • Coma
    • Drowsiness
    • Seizures
    • Dizziness
    • Unsteadiness


    • Rash
    • Sweating
  • Before Calling Emergency

    Determine the following information:

    • Patient's age, weight, and condition
    • Name of the product (ingredients and strengths, if known)
    • Time it was swallowed
    • Amount swallowed
    • If the medication was prescribed for the patient
  • Poison Control

    In the United States, call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a local poison control center. This hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.

    This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • What to Expect at the Emergency Room

    The health care provider will measure and monitor the patient's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Symptoms will be treated as appropriate. The patient may receive:

    The patient may receive:

    • Activated charcoal
    • Laxative
  • Outlook (Prognosis)

    Recovery is very likely with prompt medical treatment.

Related Information



Goldfrank LR, ed. Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies. 9th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2011.


Review Date: 1/30/2013  

Reviewed By: Eric Perez, MD, St. Luke's / Roosevelt Hospital Center, NY, NY, and Pegasus Emergency Group (Meadowlands and Hunterdon Medical Centers), NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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