(Also Called 'Advil', 'Motrin', 'Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs', 'NSAID')
Common brand names: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin
Why is this drug prescribed?
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce pain,
fever, and inflammation. Inflammation is the body's protective response to irritation or injury and
is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain.
How and when should it be used?
Ibuprofen is available in capsules, suspension, and tablets. Your health care
provider may have special instructions on the proper dose for your medical condition; he or she will
tell you how much to take at each dose.
What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
- Before you take ibuprofen, tell your health care provider about any other
prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications, herbal, dietary, and vitamin
products you are taking, and especially other pain-relieving medications or medications containing
- Before you take ibuprofen, tell your health care provider if you have asthma;
liver, heart, or kidney disease; high blood pressure; stomach problems, or any other gastrointestinal
- Do not take ibuprofen if you are allergic to aspirin.
- Do not take more of this medication than is recommended on the package label or
by your health care provider.
- Do not use ibuprofen continuously for more than 3 days for fever or 10 days for
pain relief without consulting your health care provider. Ibuprofen is intended for short-term use
only. Long-term use should be closely monitored to avoid harmful side-effects.
- Take this medicine with food and a glass of water or milk to prevent stomach
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking this medication. Alcohol can
interfere with the effectiveness of this medication and can cause harmful side effects.
What are the common side effects of this drug?
Possible side effects include, heartburn, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, stomach
pain, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Take with food to help prevent stomach upset.
WARNING: Notify your doctor if you experience bloody vomit, bloody diarrhea, black
tarry stools, ringing in the ears, or swelling of the hands, feet, ankles or lower legs.
What storage conditions are necessary for this drug?
- Keep ibuprofen in its original container, with the lid tightly closed.
- Store ibuprofen at room temperature, away from heat and light.
- Keep this and other medications out of the reach of children.
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