What is it used for?
IBUPROFEN is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The medicine should be used for the dental pains, fever, headaches or migraines, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or painful monthly periods. It can also relieve minor aches and pains caused by a cold, flu, or sore throat.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking this medicine?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- cigarette smoker
- drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks a day
- heart disease or circulation problems such as heart failure or leg edema (fluid retention)
- high blood pressure
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- stomach bleeding or ulcers
- an unusual or allergic reaction to ibuprofen, aspirin, other NSAIDS, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is this medicine should be taken?
Take it orally accompanied with a glass of water. This medicine should be taken during a meal if your stomach gets upset then it should be done otherwise. It is advised not to lie down for at least 10 minutes after you have taken this medicine. This medicine should be taken at the regular intervals. You should never take this medicine more often than prescribed.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine by children. Special care might be necessary.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions with the other medicine/food/etc?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following:
This medicine may also interact with the following:
- other drugs for inflammation like prednisone
This list is not all-inclusive and may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking it?
Let your doctor or healthcare professional know if there is no improvement to your symptoms or if they even get worse.
This medicine is incapable of preventing heart attacks or strokes. In fact, it might even increase their chances. They might increase during the long treatment courses with this medicine, especially for the people who have heart diseases. If you are taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke, consult with your physician for further guidance.
You shouldn’t take medicines such as ibuprofen and naproxen with this medicine during the treatment course. If you do, side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers will be more likely to occur. A number of non-prescription medicines should not be taken with this drug to prevent possible interference.
It is possible for this drug to cause ulcers, stomach bleeding and intestines during any stage of the treatment course. Ulcers and bleeding might occur without any warning symptoms and even cause death if the patient is not monitored closely. To reduce risk of that, refrain from smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol during the treatment course with this medicine.
You may experience drowsiness or dizziness symptoms. You shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how exactly this medicine affects you. Do not stand up or sit up quickly, especially if you are a senior patient. This is to reduce the risk of possible dizziness or fainting spells.
This medicine can cause you to bleed more easily. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.
Does this medicine have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- allergic reactions like skin rashes, itching or hives,face, lips, or tongue swelling
- black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or in vomit
- issues with breathing
- changes in vision
- chest pains
- general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
- nausea or vomiting
- redness, blistering, skin peeling or loosening, including inside the mouth
- slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body
- stomach pain
- unexplained weight gain or swelling
- unusual weakness or feeling tired
- yellowing of eyes or skin
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- constipation or diarrhea
- gas or heartburn
- stomach upset
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
This medicine should be stored at the room temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.