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Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a painkiller which belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). These reduce inflammation and fever and relieve pain, by inhibiting the production of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance which affects the development of pain. Ibuprofen is used to treat mild to moderate pain associated with inflammation such as osteoarthritis (thinning cartilage causing the bones to scrape against each other, resulting in severe pain), rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic autoimmune disease causing a great deal of pain from inflammation), head and toothache, and surgery, muscle and joint pain. Ibuprofen is itself the name of the active substance in the painkiller.

What is ibuprofen and what it is used for?

Ibuprofen is a painkiller which belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). These reduce inflammation and fever and relieve pain, by inhibiting the production of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance which affects the development of pain. Ibuprofen is used to treat mild to moderate pain associated with inflammation such as osteoarthritis (thinning cartilage causing the bones to scrape against each other, resulting in severe pain), rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic autoimmune disease causing a great deal of pain from inflammation), head and toothache, and surgery, muscle and joint pain. Ibuprofen is itself the name of the active substance in the painkiller.

 

Usage and dosage of ibuprofen tablets

Take ibuprofen tablets as directed by a physician. For the correct dose, check the packaging. 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 already take your first dose with at least half a glass of water immediately after you wake up and before you get out of bed. Do not chew the ibuprofen tablets – swallow them whole. Take the rest of the daily dose during a meal to avoid gastrointestinal side effects.

 

Ibuprofen works within an hour after ingestion and lasts four to eight hours, depending on the dose. Never increase the dose of this medication on your own – always consult a doctor. Also, do not suddenly stop using this medication, as your symptoms may return or worsen.

 

Possible side effects of ibuprofen tablets

As with all medications, ibuprofen tablets may cause side effects, primarily an upset stomach and intestinal disorders. Always tell your doctor which other medications you are using, including those that do not require a prescription.

 

Additional information about ibuprofen tablets

Ibuprofen tablets are available in 600 mg form. Store ibuprofen tablets below 25ºC in their original packaging in a cool dry place, preferably not in the bathroom. Do not use this drug after the expiration date shown on the package.