Ibuprofen is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also called an NSAID. Ibuprofen is most often needed for symptoms of pain caused by swelling or to reduce and control fevers. Anyone can purchase Ibuprofen as it is an over-the-counter pain-relieving medication that does not require a doctor’s prescription. Ibuprofen is the preferred choice for treating muscle and joint pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties. However, Ibuprofen has its deficiencies. It damages the stomach and other visceral organs if taken for an extended time, so it is not recommended for long-term use. Is it possible that Ibuprofen can create any euphoric feelings, even if you take a bunch at one time?

The most well-known brands of Ibuprofen that have been on the market for decades are Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin. 


Since Ibuprofen is most commonly purchased over the counter, it is most often what people buy when experiencing mild to moderate pain or a slight fever. Ibuprofen is also an ingredient in many cold and flu medicines that are also over the counter. Ibuprofen will minimize symptoms from the following medical conditions: 

  • Back Strains 
  • Fever 
  • Headaches 
  • Toothaches 
  • Ear Infections
  • Swelling from minor sprains or pulled muscles 
  • Arthritis
  • Joint inflammatory disease
  • Menstrual Cramps 
  • Sunburns

What Do the Experts Say About Ibuprofen? 

Although Ibuprofen is a very safe and effective non-narcotic pain reliever, it can harm the body if someone takes too much of it or takes it too regularly. In addition, the National Center for Biotechnology Information advances in science and health state the adverse side effects from taking Ibuprofen long term and in higher doses.

All NSAIDs [Ibuprofen] increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, myocardial infarction, and stroke. NSAIDs increase both bleeding and cardiovascular disease and are more likely to cause cardiovascular events. The risk of bleeding and cardiovascular events is considerably higher in older people, who take medicines known to interact with NSAIDs. NSAIDs affect the cardiovascular, renal, and respiratory systems, increasing systolic blood pressure and fluid retention. In patients taking coifs, All NSAIDs double the risk of hospitalization due to heart failure. (NCBI)  

Can Ibuprofen Cause Feelings Of Euphoria?

Ibuprofen is a non-narcotic type of pain reliever. This means it is not addictive, nor does it cause a person to experience euphoria in any kind of way. A person may feel better because the NSAID eases their symptoms of pain and discomfort, but Ibuprofen will not change how someone feels the same way narcotic pain relievers such as Vicodin or Percocet and others do.

However, there are several types of narcotic pain meds containing Ibuprofen, which will make a person feel euphoric. Therefore, Medications containing Ibuprofen and an opioid must be prescribed by a doctor; do not assume they are less addictive as the limitations on opioids with Ibuprofen are as strict as other opioid pain killers. 

Can Someone Get Addicted to Ibuprofen? 

It is impossible to develop a physical addiction to Ibuprofen. However, some people may become emotionally and psychologically dependent on Ibuprofen and therefore abuse it the same way as other drugs.

Addiction is a disease of the mind and emotions. It is less about the drug or medication like Ibuprofen and more about the individual’s emotional and mental health. Physical addiction to Ibuprofen can only happen if the person is taking a doctor-prescribed Ibuprofen that contains an opioid. The types of pain pills that contain Ibuprofen and opioids include: 

  • Vicoprofen (hydrocodone containing Ibuprofen)
  • Ibudone (hydrocodone containing Ibuprofen)
  • Reprexain (hydrocodone containing Ibuprofen)

What Help Is Available for Ibuprofen Misuse or Abuse?

The risk of addiction to Ibuprofen with or without opioids is serious and should not be minimized. The program we provide allows our patients to understand that they need therapy and can be helped. We provide evidence-based forms of therapy and treatment as the foundation of our programs.

We provide personalized treatment plans tailored to the individual to ensure that they are getting the most in-depth therapy for their issues. We recommend inpatient treatment and cognitive-behavioral therapy for anyone who is struggling with their Ibuprofen use.

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