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Hudson, FL
A 34-year-old female asked:

Im allergic to aspirin can i take advil (ibuprofen)?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
NO: Depending on your reaction to aspirin, if you develop hives, swelling, abdominal cramps with diarrhea and shortness of breath from Aspirin you should avoid all non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs, including advil (ibuprofen).
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
ASA Allergy: That is a difficult question to answer. Many people allergic to asa, especially asthma and respiratory or swelling symptoms are also allergic to most of the nsaids (advil, motrin, ibuprofen, naproxen). It would be safest to meet with your allergist to discuss your past reactions and the safety of using. And to consider an oral challenge.

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Paintsville, KY
A 28-year-old male asked:

If allergic to Aspirin, would it also mean that you would be allergic to Ibuprofen or Advil (ibuprofen) that both have aspirin present in them?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Mcadams
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: If you allergic to Aspirin it is unlikely that you will be allergic to products like Ibuprofen or Naproxen (they're different compounds). However, if you are taking any product that contains Aspirin you run the risk of having an allergic reaction to the Aspirin component.
Last updated Mar 16, 2021
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