Skip to main content

Can you take Ibuprofen with antibiotics?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 24, 2023.

Official answer


There are literally hundreds of antibiotics used to treat infections, so once you receive your prescription, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can also take ibuprofen at the same time that you take the antibiotic.

The best way to determine if you can take any medications together is to have a drug interaction screen performed by a health care provider.

For example, antibiotics that may affect your kidney or stomach could interact with ibuprofen, which can also be toxic to the kidney in some patients.

Certain antibiotics can also increase your risk for bleeding, and ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), can also increase the risk of bleeding.

Usually this is not a problem, but you should always double check.

Read next

Related medical questions

Drug information

Related support groups