buprofen belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to:
Ease mild to moderate pain, such as toothache, migraines and period pain. Reduce the pain and inflammation (redness and swelling) caused by rheumatic diseases (conditions that affect the joints) and musculoskeletal disorders (conditions that affect the bones and muscles), such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Control a fever (a high temperature). Ease the pain and swelling caused by sprains and strains, such as sports injuries.
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Below are the Usual Adult Doses for various conditions:
Dysmenorrhea (period pains) - 200 to 400 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Arthritis - Initial dose of 400 to 800 mg orally every 6 to 8 hours. For maintenance the dose may be increased to a daily maximum of 3200 mg based on patient response and tolerance.
Mild to moderate pain - 200 to 400 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Doses greater than 400 mg have not been proven to provide greater efficacy.
Fever - 200 to 400 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Ibuprofen is best taken with food or milk as this helps to reduce the possibility of stomach upsets.
Ibuprofen should be used with caution in:
History of disorders affecting the stomach or intestines.
Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
High blood pressure (hypertension).
People with blood clotting problems or taking anticoagulant medicines.
History of asthma.
History of allergies.
Diseases affecting connective tissue, eg systemic lupus erythematosus.
Ibuprofen should NOT to be used in
People in whom aspirin or other NSAIDs, eg diclofenac, cause allergic reactions such as asthma attacks, itchy rash (urticaria), nasal inflammation (rhinitis) or swelling of the lips, tongue and throat (angioedema).
Active peptic ulcer or bleeding in the gut.
People who have had recurrent peptic ulcers or bleeding from the gut (two or more episodes).
People who have ever experienced bleeding or perforation of the gut as a result of previous treatment with an NSAID.
Severe heart failure.
Severe kidney failure.
Severe liver failure.
Third trimester of pregnancy.
People taking other NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors.
Children under 12 years of age.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform the doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
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