Some people pop Advil like candy. If you’re a guy, there are several reasons why you may want to slow down your ibuprofen intake. Ibuprofen affects the body’s inflammatory response to reduce pain. It’s a relatively safe medication, but like all drugs, it comes with a few side effects.

Ibuprofen May Be Bad For Baby-Making

Regular ibuprofen use may damage sperm development according to a small study. The results were recently published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences. 17 men, ages 18-35, took two 600-mg doses of ibuprofen a day for six weeks. The other 17 men received a placebo.

The men who took ibuprofen experienced a condition called compensated hypogonadism, which is associated with decreased fertility. The 1,200 mg/day dose is a typical dose size for many amateur and professional athletes.

Researchers Pay Big Attention To Small Study

According to Bernard Jegou, co-author of the study and director of the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health in France, the hypogonadism was quickly reversed once the study was completed.

Much of the public, however, take ibuprofen over a much longer period than six weeks. Jegou suggests that more research be conducted to look into the long-term effects of ibuprofen on sperm development.

Ibuprofen May Do More Than Lower Your Sperm Count

People with a history of stroke, heart problems, and peptic ulcers should use ibuprofen with care. In 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthened their warning about high doses of ibuprofen due to the increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Common adverse effects of ibuprofen include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upper abdominal pain, indigestion, and bloating. Less common side effects include edema (swelling of the hands and feet), high blood pressure, worsening asthma symptoms, and ulcers in the digestive system.
Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used medications on the planet. The fact that you can get it without a prescription doesn’t mean that it’s free of risks.