What is Ibuprofen and what it is used for?
Ibuprofen is a painkiller which belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
It is an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These drugs work as an anti-inflammatory and relieve pain and reduce fever. This is done by reducing the production of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance which is of importance in the development of pain.
Ibuprofen is used to treat mild to moderate pain associated with inflammation such as osteoarthritis (thinning cartilage causing the bones eventually to scrape against each other causing severe pain as a result), rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune disease, chronic condition with a lot of pain from inflammation), headache, toothache, surgery pain, muscle pain and joint pain.
The active substance of Ibuprofen is ibuprofen.
Usage and Dosage Ibuprofen
You use Ibuprofen as directed by a physician. For the correct dose, check the packaging of the medication. Some joint disorders have a customized dosage that may be temporarily higher than the recommended daily dose of 1200 mg to 2400 mg.
If you suffer from morning stiffness you can, immediately after you wake up and even before you get out of bed, already take your first dose with at least half a glass of water. Do not chew the tablets but swallow them as a whole. Please do take the rest of the daily dose during a meal, this regarding gastrointestinal symptoms.
The effect of ibuprofen occurs within 1 hour after ingestion and lasts 4 to 8 hours depending on the dose.
Never increase the dose of this medication on your own, but always consult a doctor. Also, suddenly stop using this medication is not a good idea, your symptoms may return or worsen.
Possible side effects Ibuprofen
Like with all medications, Ibuprofen may cause side effects.
The main side effects at a glance:
- upset stomach
- intestinal disorders
Always tell the doctor which other medications you are using, and do not forget to mention the medications that you are taking that do not require a prescription.
Additional information about Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is available in 600 mg. Store Ibuprofen below 25 º C in the original packaging in a cool dry place and preferably not in the bathroom. Do not use this drug after the expiration date shown on the package.