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What are the side effects of taking 800 milligrams of ibuprofen without eating?

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Taking an 800 mg dose of ibuprofen can cause serious gastrointestinal discomfort, according to Drugs.com. On an empty stomach, ibuprofen can irritate the stomach lining.

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Stomach issues are the most common side effects experienced by people taking ibuprofen, although it is about half the rate experienced by patients taking aspirin. Ibuprofen is an NSAID, or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal discomfort such as bleeding, ulceration, or even perforation of the stomach and intestines. All of those conditions can be fatal, says Drugs.com. If any of these conditions are suspected, use of the drug should be stopped immediately. The site recommends starting with the lowest effective dose and using for as little time as possible in order to reduce risk for adverse side effects.

WebMD recommends taking ibuprofen with a full glass of water and waiting to lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking the medication. Only take ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours unless otherwise directed by a doctor. If stomach discomfort is experienced when taking ibuprofen, it can help to take it with food, milk, or an antacid, says WebMD. Always read the label of any medication for dosage information.

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