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Pet Medication 101: Ibuprofen

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It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what Advil (ibuprofen) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.

1. Drug Name:


2. Brand Names:

Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Cedaprin, NeoProfen, Ultraprin

Other products containing ibuprofen include Advil PM, Duexis, Ibudone, Reprexain, Vicoprofen

3. How Dispensed:

Over the counter and prescription

4. Forms:

Capsules, tablets, caplets, liquid. There are many different strengths/concentrations. Be sure to read the label carefully.

5. Drug Type/Class:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID)

6. Uses for Cats and Dogs:

Used to treat fever, pain, and inflammation (swelling) in people. This medication should never be used on cats and dogs.

7. How it Works:

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs work by decreasing levels of prostaglandins (chemicals in the body that lead to pain, inflammation, and fever). By blocking cyclooxygenase (the enzyme that produces prostaglandins), naproxen reduces these symptoms.

8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:

GI ulceration, vomiting blood, bloody stool or diarrhea, pallor, renal and liver failure

9. Drug Interactions:

Ibuprofen interacts with corticosteroids like prednisone and prednisolone, as well as other NSAIDs like aspirin and naproxen.

10. Cautionary Statements:

Do not use unless directed and closely monitored by your veterinarian. Do not use with a history of gastric ulcers. This medication is considered to be toxic to pets, especially cats.

Read more:

Medication Info Sheet: Naproxen

Medication Info Sheet: Aspirin

Medication Info Sheet: Tylenol

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