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Is ibuprofen a blood thinner?

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According to MedicineNet, ibuprofen does thin the blood. For this reason, it is not recommended for use with other drugs designed to thin the blood, as this can lead to excessive blood thinning and bleeding. Ibuprofen is most commonly used to alleviate minor aches and pains.

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A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, ibuprofen reduces pain by blocking the enzymes that make prostaglandins, the chemicals responsible for causing pain, inflammation and fever, according to MedicineNet. It is available in both prescription-strength and over-the-counter preparations. Ibuprofen should not be used for treating pain for more than 10 days consecutively unless under the care of a doctor.

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