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Q: How much ibuprofen is safe to take long-term?

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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) has a good safety profile for short-term use. Long-term ibuprofen use can lead to serious problems, such as heart attack, stomach bleeding, and kidney damage. So, many doctors discourage it. If you need ibuprofen for chronic pain relief, see your doctor regularly to monitor for potential problems.

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