Ibuprofen is a commonly used painkiller which comes from a group of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Another drug commonly found in this group is aspirin. Ibuprofen can be used to ease mild to moderate pain, for example if you have any dental pain, back pain, headaches or period pains. Ibuprofen can also help control a high temperature if you are suffering with colds or flu. Ibuprofen is also good for easing pain, inflammation and swelling caused by conditions affecting the joints and muscles like arthritis. Ibuprofen can be taken by adults and children over 3 months.
There are many types of ibuprofen available including tablets, capsules, liquids and gels or creams that can be applied to the skin if you have any muscular strains or sports injury. Ibuprofen can be purchased without a prescription.
Common side effects of ibuprofen are:
Severe side effects are not very common but could include the following:
If you become unwell after taking Ibuprofen then you should contact your doctor.
How to use
Ibuprofen should be taken as directed on the label or leaflet or as instructed by your doctor. Generally, adults can take 1-2 200mg tablets every 4-6 hours up to three times a day as necessary. It is best taken with food or on a full stomach and a drink of milk to help protect your stomach.
Pregnant women should not take ibuprofen unless it has been recommended by a doctor.
It is not recommended to take ibuprofen if:
You should use ibuprofen with caution if: