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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2013, Article ID 875857, 4 pages
Case Report

Ibuprofen-Induced Hypokalemia and Distal Renal Tubular Acidosis: A Patient’s Perceptions of Over-the-Counter Medications and Their Adverse Effects

1The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
2Emergency Medicine Department, Nepean Hospital, P.O. Box 63, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia

Received 12 June 2013; Accepted 12 July 2013

Academic Editors: G. Klinger, C. Lazzeri, and G. Pichler

Copyright © 2013 Mark D. Salter. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We highlight a case of distal renal tubular acidosis secondary to ibuprofen and codeine use. Of particular interest in this case are the patient’s perception of over-the-counter (OTC) medication use, her own OTC use prior to admission, and her knowledge of adverse reactions or side effects of these medications prior to taking them.