Taking Ibuprofen Ok?


I am very new (1 week post op) of having my pacemaker. I was wondering if

Ibuprofen is a good thing to take? It's the only thing that works for my arthritis.

I do not want to mess up the little thing that saved my life, however.

Thank you for any help you can provide for a newbie.



Probably ok if you're not anti-coagulated

by crustyg - 2020-01-12 17:07:18

I don't recall anyone warning me against non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (of which ibuprofen is the most commonly used powerful example, aspirin is another).

*IF* you are taking any form of anti-coagulation therapy I would avoid this class of drug completely, unless your docs specifically recommend it - the combined effects of the anti-platelet action of the NSAID and the reduced clotting of whatever anti-coag therapy increases the risks of bleeding quite significantly.


by WazzA - 2020-01-12 17:13:29

The BEST advice anyone can give you is to see your GP regarding ANY medicines you want to take or even change.

Folk can give you their own experiences for sure, but it may NOT be suitable for you. 

Risk vs benefit

by Gotrhythm - 2020-01-12 17:14:32

Ibuprofen will not hurt your pacemaker. No drug will. The pacemaker is sealed and self-contained. Your blood doen't go to it.

Whether the ibuprofen will affect your heart is another question entirely.

Some research indicates that NSAIDs like ibuprofen increase the chance of heart attacks. That doesn't mean everyone who takes an NSAID will have a heart attack. Only that it increases the chance.

Myself, I take meloxicam, another NSAID. It keeps me pain free. Other than age, I have very few risk factors for heart attack. I understand that meloxicam increases the chance that I might, might someday, have a heart attack, .

But frankly, being pain free today means more to me than reducing the chance that someday in a future that may never come, I could have a heart attack. I'm 76. At this point in my life, I care more about how I feel today than how long I lve.

It's all about risk vs benefit. Before assumimg you can't take the only pain meds that works for you, get guidance on the ibuprofen issue from your PCP. 


by AgentX86 - 2020-01-12 19:56:55

My doctors told me to "be careful" when I take it.  It does pose an additional risk for those on anticoagulants but the risk isn't great unless it's overused.  For once-in-a-while pain, I was told not to worry.  Use it sparringly and don't worry about it (pain isn't something one should have to live with).  It's constant use that's the worry (on several fronts).  When I need it, I take two in the morning and I'm good all day. It often cures the issue right then (it is a strong anti-inflamitory, not just a pain killer).  A bottle will last me so long that I don't think I've never finished one. 

NSAIDS contraindicated

by Violet West - 2020-01-13 13:01:01

Check with your doc; NSAIDs may be contraindicated depending on your underlying/other conditions.  I can't take any due to blood pressure issues and the blood thinners; can only take acetominaphin.  Sucks, because that's the only thing that helps for inflammation. 

I have had some success with application of good CBD cream for hand pain.  

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In fact after the final "tweaks" of my pacemaker programming at the one year check up it is working so well that I forget I have it.