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How to Counteract Stomach Upset From Motrin

author image Chance Woods
Chance Woods has been a personal trainer since 2002, specializing in fitness and nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics.
How to Counteract Stomach Upset From Motrin
Taking ibuprofen with food, especially dairy products, minimizes stomach distress. Photo Credit: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Motrin is a brand name for the generic drug ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. Motrin primarily is used for relieving pain and reducing inflammation, especially in treating arthritis. Using Motrin and other NSAIDs can raise your risk of gastrointestinal distress as well as your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Always consult your doctor regarding your medications, even over-the-counter drugs.

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Step 1

Take Motrin with a meal or small snack.
Take Motrin with a meal or small snack. Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Take Motrin with a meal or even a small snack to dilute the impact that the drug has on your stomach lining and reduce the likelihood of having an upset stomach.

Step 2

Take Motrin with milk.
Take Motrin with milk. Photo Credit: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Take Motrin with milk. Milk helps reduce stomach acid and minimizes the risk of stomach irritation. A small glass of milk with your Motrin dose can be especially helpful if you don't have the time or opportunity to eat a meal or snack.

Step 3

Limit your intake of caffeine.
Limit your intake of caffeine. Photo Credit: Easy_Company/iStock/Getty Images

Limit your intake of caffeine. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda increase irritability in your stomach. Minimize your intake of caffeine throughout the day and avoid taking Motrin with a caffeinated beverage.

Step 4

Avoid alcohol and aspirin.
Avoid alcohol and aspirin. Photo Credit: yordan Rusev/iStock/Getty Images

Avoid alcohol and aspirin. Both alcohol and aspirin will exacerbate the irritating effects of Motrin in your stomach and increase your risk of both stomach upset and a the risk of heart attack or stroke.

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