Ibuprofen

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Ibuprofen is a popular painkiller and anti-inflammatory medication. It is most commonly taken as a tablet, but a gel is also available for more targeted pain relief.

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What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug commonly used to reduce pain and fever. It is available over the counter, but higher doses are also available under the supervision of a doctor or pharmacist.

How ibuprofen works?

Ibuprofen is a type of medication known as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing inflammation. In this way, it is able to reduce pain, fever and other inflammatory symptoms in the body.

What ibuprofen is used for?

Ibuprofen reduces inflammation. It is commonly used for pain relief but can also be used to reduce a fever.

Ibuprofen to reduce swelling

Ibuprofen reduces inflammation, and swelling is a consequence of inflammation. Therefore, ibuprofen can help to reduce swelling. Taking an ibuprofen tablet can help to reduce swelling, but it may have a more direct effect if you apply topical ibuprofen gel to the affected area instead.

Ingredients

What ibuprofen contains?

The active ingredient in ibuprofen tablets is ibuprofen. Inactive ingredients can vary between different brands of ibuprofen and different ibuprofen products.

Uses

Why ibuprofen is used?

Ibuprofen is used for the reduction of inflammation. This means that it helps to alleviate the symptoms of inflammation such as pain, swelling and fever.

How ibuprofen reduces inflammation?

Ibuprofen reduces inflammation by reducing the production of hormones called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are involved in inflammation, which leads to symptoms such as pain, swelling and fever. By reducing the levels of prostaglandins, ibuprofen reduces inflammation, which in turn reduces inflammatory symptoms such as pain.

Why ibuprofen doesn’t work?

Ibuprofen may not work if your condition is not caused by inflammation or if your symptoms are more severe. If ibuprofen does not work for you, you should speak to your doctor who should be able to direct you towards more appropriate treatments.

How ibuprofen treats osteoarthritis?

Ibuprofen can help to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, but it does not treat the underlying cause. If you think you might have osteoarthritis, you should speak to your doctor, as they can check for any other causes and identify the most appropriate treatment. Ibuprofen works for osteoarthritis because it targets inflammation. Inflammation can cause pain, redness and swelling, so ibuprofen helps to reduce this.

Ibuprofen for fever

Ibuprofen can help to reduce a fever. This is because it reduces the inflammation that causes a fever.

When ibuprofen is given for fever?

Ibuprofen can be given to reduce a fever. However, the type of ibuprofen varies depending upon a person’s age and general health. It is recommended that you consult a doctor or pharmacist for advice before giving ibuprofen to a child. They can help to ensure that you give ibuprofen in the most appropriate form and that it is safe to give it to the child. Please note, ibuprofen should not be given to anyone with the chickenpox (varicella) infection.

Will ibuprofen help a headache?

Ibuprofen can help to treat headaches that are related to some form of inflammation. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication, and in reducing inflammation, it also helps to reduce inflammatory symptoms such as pain and swelling.

Ibuprofen for migraines

Ibuprofen can also be used for the treatment of migraines. The cause of migraines is not completely understood, but it is thought that prostaglandins cause a widening of blood vessels in the brain, which causes pain. Ibuprofen reduces the production of prostaglandins, so it can help to reduce the pain associated with a migraine.

Ibuprofen for back pain

Ibuprofen can be useful in the treatment of back pain. It reduces inflammation, which can help to reduce pain. Some people find that ibuprofen gel applied directly to the painful area of the back can be an effective means to reduce back pain.

Ibuprofen to stop period pain

Ibuprofen can be an effective treatment for period pain. Ibuprofen helps to reduce the production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are responsible for cramping and period pain, therefore, ibuprofen can help to alleviate these problems.

Will ibuprofen help a cold?

A cold is caused by a viral infection. Ibuprofen will not target the infection directly but can help to alleviate symptoms that are caused by inflammation, such as a headache, sinus pain, aches and fever. However, they will not have any effect upon a cough or runny nose. You may also want to take decongestants, however, be careful not to combine different medications that contain the same ingredients as many cough and cold medications will also contain ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen for toothache?

Ibuprofen can help to alleviate toothache. However, if you do not find that ibuprofen is sufficient, or if your pain lasts longer than two days, you should speak to your dentist, who can help you decide what is best to do.

Will ibuprofen help sunburn?

Ibuprofen can help to relieve the pain, swelling and inflammation associated with sunburn. However, if your sunburn is severe or starts blistering, you should seek medical attention. If you are sunburnt, you should avoid exposing the affected skin to direct sunlight until it has fully healed. This will help to prevent further damage.

Will ibuprofen help a hangover?

Ibuprofen can help to alleviate a hangover. Specifically, it can alleviate a headache and muscle pain. However, hangovers are primarily caused by dehydration. So it is important to rehydrate yourself, and you should try to drink plenty of water in between alcoholic drinks and before you go to bed.

Will ibuprofen help me sleep?

Ibuprofen is not designed to treat insomnia or sleeplessness, and drowsiness is not a side effect of ibuprofen. However, if pain or a fever is keeping you awake, ibuprofen may help to alleviate these symptoms so you can get to sleep.

Ibuprofen for children

Ibuprofen is a common painkiller for children. It may also be used to reduce a high temperature or other symptoms of inflammation. The type of ibuprofen that is most suitable for a child will vary depending upon the child’s age. Typically, the following guidelines apply:

  • A liquid syrup can be given to children aged 3 months or above
  • Tablets, capsules and chewable capsules for children from the age of 7
  • Granules from the age of 12
  • Children aged 17 or over should follow adult guidelines. 

Before giving any medication to a child, it is important that you confirm its safety. A doctor or pharmacist should be able to give you advice on this, and it is important that you always read the patient information leaflet included with the medication before use. It is also important to remember that ibuprofen must not be given to anyone experiencing chickenpox (varicella) infection. This is because it can mask the symptoms of worsening disease including severe skin reactions.

Ibuprofen and COVID

Ibuprofen can be used to treat symptoms of COVID such as a high temperature. However, it is recommended that you try to treat your symptoms with paracetamol first as there are fewer side effects.

Can you take ibuprofen after COVID vaccine?

You can take ibuprofen after the COVID vaccine providing you do not have any conditions and are not taking any medications, which would make this unsafe. Ibuprofen may help to treat side effects of the vaccine, such as a fever and pain.

Ibuprofen and breastfeeding

It is thought to be safe to breastfeed whilst taking ibuprofen. This is because only a very small amount of ibuprofen can be passed on through breast milk, and this is not thought to cause any adverse effects. However, you should always double-check that the tablet you are taking contains only ibuprofen as the active ingredient as ibuprofen is sometimes combined with other medications such as codeine that may be harmful to use when breastfeeding.

Ibuprofen and chickenpox

Ibuprofen should not be taken during chickenpox. This is because ibuprofen can worsen chickenpox symptoms, but as an anti-inflammatory drug, it can also conceal symptoms of worsening disease such as skin infections.

Are ibuprofen tablets safe?

All medications carry some risk, however, side effects from ibuprofen are uncommon. You should bear in mind that some conditions can increase your risk, and some medications may interact with ibuprofen. Therefore, if you have any other health conditions and if you are taking any other medications, you should disclose this to your doctor or pharmacist to check the medication’s suitability and safety.

Can ibuprofen cause heartburn?

Ibuprofen can cause heartburn. Heartburn is caused by stomach acid entering your oesophagus (your food pipe). As a side effect, ibuprofen reduces the chemicals that protect these structures from stomach acid. Therefore, heartburn is more likely to occur in those taking ibuprofen. If you believe that your heartburn may be related to ibuprofen, you should speak to your doctor as they may be able to offer you a medication to protect against the negative effects of stomach acid.

Ibuprofen with antibiotics

Ibuprofen can interact with a number of different antibiotics, therefore, if you intend to take ibuprofen and antibiotics together, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist to check for interactions.

How to Use

Why do I need to take ibuprofen with food?

Ibuprofen should be taken with food. This helps to protect against stomach ulcers and irritation. Therefore you should not take ibuprofen without food.

Can you take ibuprofen without water?

It is advisable to take ibuprofen, and other medications with water as this helps to ensure it reaches the stomach more quickly and works most effectively.

What to do when ibuprofen doesn’t work?

If ibuprofen is not providing sufficient pain relief, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist, who may be able to offer you an alternative. It may be that your dose of ibuprofen can be increased or that another medication would be more suitable. It is also worth checking the use-by date on the pack of medications you are taking, as the effectiveness may decrease over time. Do not take medications that are past their use-by date.

Safety Information

Ibuprofen side effects

Side effects of ibuprofen are uncommon but may include abdominal discomfort, headache, nausea, rash or skin reactions. It is also possible to experience an allergic reaction in response to ibuprofen. If you experience a rash or allergic reaction in response to ibuprofen, you should discontinue ibuprofen and seek medical attention.

Contraindications

Ibuprofen should be avoided by anyone with any of the following conditions:

  • Current or previous history of bleeding, ulceration or perforation of the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, intestines etc.)
  • Severe heart failure
  • Chickenpox (varicella) infection

Other conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders and others can increase your risk when taking ibuprofen. Therefore, you should always disclose any medical conditions to the pharmacist or doctor providing your medication. In addition, you should always read the patient information leaflet to check the information yourself. If you are unsure if a medication is suitable for you, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Drug interactions

Ibuprofen can interact with a number of different medications, including blood pressure medications and antibiotics. If you are taking any other medications or treatments, it is important that you disclose this to your doctor or pharmacist before taking ibuprofen. If you are unsure whether it is safe to take ibuprofen alongside your other drugs, speak to your doctor or pharmacist to find the most suitable option for you.

Ibuprofen and asthma

Ibuprofen is not contraindicated in asthma, but it should be used with caution as some people can experience an exacerbation of their asthma symptoms in response to NSAID medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. If you have ever had a worsening of your asthma in response to ibuprofen, aspirin or other similar medications, you should avoid ibuprofen. If you have asthma, it is a good idea to discuss ibuprofen with your doctor as they may be able to recommend more suitable medications.

Ibuprofen and alcohol

Alcohol can worsen the side effects of ibuprofen, however, it is usually safe to drink a small amount of alcohol when taking ibuprofen.

Can you take Ibuprofen and paracetamol together?

If you are over 16 years of age, you can usually take ibuprofen and paracetamol together. However, you should always check the other safety information available to ensure that you do not have any other medical conditions or medications that would make it unsafe for you to take paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Can you take ibuprofen when pregnant?

Ibuprofen is not recommended during pregnancy, especially during your last trimester. It is thought that ibuprofen is linked to miscarriage in early pregnancy and the development of birth defects affecting the heart and blood vessels when taken in late pregnancy. Other pain relief medications such as paracetamol may be more suitable. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice on which painkillers are safest during pregnancy.

Why ibuprofen causes stomach ulcers?

Ibuprofen reduces the production of a hormone called prostaglandin. Prostaglandin increases the production of substances that help to protect the stomach from stomach acid. If there is too little prostaglandin, the lining of the stomach may become damaged by the stomach acid. This can progress to inflammation and stomach ulcers. The risk of this increases with long-term use of ibuprofen, and therefore, people who take ibuprofen regularly may need to take additional medications to protect their stomach.

Can ibuprofen cause constipation or diarrhoea?

In rare cases, ibuprofen can cause diarrhoea or constipation when taking orally.

Can ibuprofen cause blood clots?

Increased risk of blood clots (arterial thromboembolism) is a reported side effect of ibuprofen. However, this is not reported as a common side effect. If you are concerned about your risk of blood clots when taking ibuprofen, you should speak to your doctor. In addition, seek medical advice before taking ibuprofen if you are on any medication used to thin your blood.

Can ibuprofen cause bleeding?

Ibuprofen can increase your risk of bleeding, particularly from your stomach or intestine. This is because it can alter the levels of chemicals the protect these organs from stomach acid. In addition, ibuprofen does slow down the time it takes for your blood to clot. Therefore, if you have an injury, it may take longer for the bleeding to stop. If you notice any bleeding related to your ibuprofen use, seek immediate medical attention. Ibuprofen should generally be avoided by those taking blood-thinning medication such as warfarin. If you are taking any such medication, you should speak to your doctor before taking ibuprofen.

Can ibuprofen cause high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a known side effect of ibuprofen when taken orally. If you have high blood pressure or are taking any medications to reduce your blood pressure, you should speak to your doctor for advice when taking ibuprofen.

Treatment Options

Are ibuprofen and aspirin the same?

Ibuprofen and aspirin are not the same, however, they are both types of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and can work in a similar way. They both reduce the production of hormones called prostaglandins. This helps to reduce pain and inflammation. Despite their similarities, the medications do have different properties. Aspirin is more likely to cause gastrointestinal problems than ibuprofen, therefore ibuprofen is more suitable for long-term pain. Aspirin is also used at a low dose to reduce the chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. If you are not sure which medication is most suitable for you, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Are ibuprofen and paracetamol the same?

Ibuprofen and paracetamol are not the same. They both act as painkillers, however, they work in different ways. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication. This means it reduces pain by reducing inflammation. It can also be used to reduce other symptoms associated with inflammation, such as fever and swelling. Paracetamol works by blocking pain signals in the brain. It can also reduce a fever, but it does not directly target inflammation, instead, it interferes with temperature regulation in the brain.

Naproxen vs ibuprofen

Naproxen and ibuprofen have similar pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory effects. However, naproxen is longer-lasting than ibuprofen. Effects of naproxen last for 8 to 12 hours, whereas effects of ibuprofen last only 4 to 6 hours. As naproxen has longer-lasting effects, it also increases the risk of side effects, so ibuprofen is often the more appropriate medication to use.

Is naproxen stronger than ibuprofen?

Naproxen is not stronger than ibuprofen. They are both of a similar strength and produce similar effects, however, as mentioned above, the effects of naproxen typically last longer than ibuprofen. 

Which ibuprofen is the strongest?

Ibuprofen is available in a range of different doses. Lower doses are available over the counter, but for higher doses, you will need to speak to a pharmacist or doctor.

Ibuprofen lysine

Ibuprofen lysine is a form of ibuprofen that is absorbed much more quickly than standard ibuprofen. Ibuprofen may be taken if more rapid pain relief is required, as in migraines. 

Ibuprofen and codeine

For more severe pain, ibuprofen may be combined with codeine. This can be taken as separate tablets or as a single combined pill, such as Nurofen Plus. Ibuprofen with codeine is usually taken when other painkillers, such as ibuprofen, paracetamol or aspirin, have not provided sufficient pain relief. Codeine can be addictive, so it is only available under the supervision of a doctor or pharmacist.

Co-codamol and ibuprofen

Co-codamol contains paracetamol and codeine, which are both painkillers. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication. It is considered safe to take co-codamol with ibuprofen, however you should ensure that the ibuprofen you are taking is not combined with any other drug such as codeine or paracetamol. Do not take co-codamol with any other medications containing paracetamol or codeine, including cold remedies such as Lemsip and Night Nurse. If you are unsure, speak to your pharmacist for advice.

Ibuprofen vs paracetamol for headache

Whether ibuprofen or paracetamol is better for your headache depends upon the type of headache you are experiencing. Normal headaches respond similarly to ibuprofen and paracetamol, but migraines are better treated with ibuprofen.

Q&A

Are ibuprofen tablets painkillers?

Ibuprofen tablets do provide pain relief. They are also anti-inflammatory so they can reduce swelling, fever and other signs of inflammation as well.

Are ibuprofen tablets blood thinners?

Ibuprofen is not a blood thinner, however, aspirin belongs to the same class of medications and is used to prevent blood clots, heart attack and stroke in high-risk individuals. Despite ibuprofen not being a blood thinner, you should avoid taking ibuprofen with warfarin as it can increase your risk of bleeding. If you are taking any blood thinners or other medications to reduce the risk of blood clots, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking ibuprofen or aspirin.

Are ibuprofen tablets anti-inflammatory?

Ibuprofen tablets are anti-inflammatory. They belong to a class of medication called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They help to reduce inflammation and associated symptoms such as pain, swelling and fever.

Where can I buy Ibuprofen?

You can buy ibuprofen online from Dr Felix. We are able to offer 400mg tablets as well as 5% ibuprofen gel for topical pain relief.

Where is ibuprofen manufactured?

Ibuprofen is manufactured in a number of different countries around the world. Ibuprofen is not under patent, so it can be manufactured as a generic drug by a number of different pharmaceutical producers.

Where is ibuprofen absorbed?

Ibuprofen is primarily absorbed in the small intestine.

Where is ibuprofen metabolized in the body?

Ibuprofen is metabolised by the kidneys and will pass out in the urine. Taking ibuprofen long-term can cause kidney damage.

What ibuprofen is gluten-free?

Ibuprofen may contain wheat starch. Wheat starch is only a small component of the medication, and the gluten levels are therefore very low. In some cases, the level of gluten is low enough for the medications to be considered gluten-free. Before taking any medication, you should double-check the packaging. The packaging and patient information leaflet will disclose if the product contains wheat starch and if it must not be taken by those with coeliac disease or wheat allergy. If you are unsure, you should speak to a pharmacist or your doctor who can help you to identify a brand of ibuprofen that does not contain gluten.

Ibuprofen is an example of which drug type?

Ibuprofen is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Other medications belonging to this class include aspirin and naproxen. These drugs work by reducing inflammation and associated symptoms such as pain, swelling and fever.

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