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Is Advil (ibuprofen) a blood thinner? 

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: A weak one

Advil and other drugs such as Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) affect the platelet function and interfere with clotting as a result.
Aspirin is a stronger blood thinner but when blood thinning treatment is required advil etc are not strong enough.

In brief: A weak one

Advil and other drugs such as Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) affect the platelet function and interfere with clotting as a result.
Aspirin is a stronger blood thinner but when blood thinning treatment is required advil etc are not strong enough.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
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In brief: Blood thinner

Yes Advil (ibuprofen) has a blood thinning effect due to it's effect on one's blood platelets.
This is why Advil (ibuprofen) and other similar drugs are contraindicated before surgical procedures.

In brief: Blood thinner

Yes Advil (ibuprofen) has a blood thinning effect due to it's effect on one's blood platelets.
This is why Advil (ibuprofen) and other similar drugs are contraindicated before surgical procedures.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Ibuprofen (Advil is a brand) inhibits platelet "stickiness" less than aspirin. Therefore, blood doesn't clot (platelet clumping together) as well. The actual viscosity (thickness) of the blood doesn't change. So, blood "thinning" is somewhat of a misnomer, but is common lay jargon.
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