Ibuprofen is neither physically nor psychologically addictive, according to Addiction Hope. Despite this, some individuals may develop a dependency if they believe they are unable to function in daily life without the drug. This can occur due to a perceived need to numb physical or emotional pain.
Side effects of ibuprofen dependency include gastrointestinal ulceration, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and swelling of the eyes, face or extremities, states Addiction Hope. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug effective for reducing mild-to-moderate pain, inflammation, fever and stiffness. Individuals not under medical supervision should take no more than 1,200 milligrams of ibuprofen per day. Pregnant women who use ibuprofen or other NSAIDs are more than twice as likely to miscarry.