Brand names - Advil, Brufen, Ebufac, Excedrin IB, Fenbid,
Genpril, Haltran, Ibugel, Ibuleve gel, Ibu-Tab, Ibuprin, Ibuprohm,
Inoven, Isisfen, Junifen, Medipren, Midol IB, Motrin, Nuprin, Nurofen,
Pamprin-IB, Rimafen, Rufen, Trendar
Medication type - NSAID
Common side effects - Nausea, vomiting,
heartburn, diarrhoea, constipation, headache, dizziness, sleepiness
Rare side effects - Ulcers or sores
in mouth, depression, rashes or blistering of skin, ringing sound
in the ears, unusual tingling or numbness of the hands or feet,
seizures, blurred vision. Also elevated potassium levels, decreased
blood counts; such problems can be detected by your doctor.
Serious side effects - Shortness of
breath or wheezing, with or without swelling of legs or other signs
of heart failure; chest pain; peptic ulcer disease with vomiting
of blood; black, tarry stools; decreasing kidney function. Call
your doctor immediately.
Dosage - Adults For mild to moderate
pain, arthritis, and menstrual pain: 200 to 400 mg every 4 to 6
hours. For fever: 200 to 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours, but not more
than 1,200 mg a day.
Uses - To treat mild to moderate pain
and inflammation, & also to reduce fever.
Other notes - Take with food. Prolonged
use can cause gastrointestinal problems, including ulceration and
bleeding, kidney dysfunction, and liver inflammation. See your doctor
regularly for laboratory tests and examinations. Avoid alcohol,
as it may increase the risk of stomach irritation. Avoid or discontinue
this drug if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.
Ibuprofen passes into breast milk; avoid use while nursing. Because
NSAIDs can interfere with blood coagulation, this drug should be
stopped at least 3 days prior to any surgery. Do not take this drug
with aspirin or any other NSAIDs without your doctors approval.