Advice on Taking Nurofen

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To best manage your pain, it’s important to know as much as you can about the medicine you are taking - that’s why we’re here to help answer some of your questions about Nurofen products. You can choose from a number of products within the Nurofen range. Below you’ll find advice on dosing, ingredients and side effects, including how to take Nurofen products and who they are suitable for.

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Does Nurofen (ibuprofen) cause stomach problems?

For most people, taking Nurofen at the recommended dose and duration should not upset the stomach. Like all medicines, Nurofen can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Side effects may be minimised by taking the lowest dose for the shortest time necessary to relieve the symptoms. However, you should not take Nurofen if you have previously had gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation, or a stomach ulcer. If you have any previous history of any other GI disorders (for example, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

Can I take Nurofen if I’ve a stomach ulcer?

You shouldn’t take Nurofen if you’ve ever had stomach bleeding (or perforation of the stomach or bowel) in the past or if you have or have ever had a stomach ulcer. Seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist for other pain relief options.

Can I take Nurofen if I’m asthmatic?

If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction such as a rash or runny or blocked nose after taking NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), like ibuprofen or aspirin, please don’t take Nurofen. If you’re asthmatic and haven’t taken ibuprofen or other NSAIDs before, please speak to your pharmacist or doctor before using Nurofen.

I’m allergic to aspirin, can I take Nurofen?

Please don’t take Nurofen if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to aspirin.

Is Nurofen suitable for all age groups?

Adults and children over 12 years can choose from a range of Nurofen tablets and capsules to suit their needs. The Nurofen product range also includes other options like Nurofen 5% W/W Gel.

Children from 3 months (over 5 kg) to 12 years can take products from the Nurofen for Children range.

Can I take Nurofen products with other medicines?

If you are taking other medicines, always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Nurofen products.

It’s smart to be careful about the medicines you take and to speak to a healthcare professional if you have any concerns. Nurofen products contain ibuprofen, a pain reliever with anti-inflammatory properties (NSAID). Your doctor or pharmacist will advise whether ibuprofen is known to interact with one of your other medicines.

Who can tell me what type of painkiller I should take for my pain?

Your local pharmacist will be able to help you. Always read the label before taking any medication. However, if you’re in severe pain or your pain goes on for longer than you think it should, please speak to your doctor.

What is ibuprofen? What do I use ibuprofen for?

Ibuprofen is a NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) - the term used for a group of medications that have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. It works at the source of pain by blocking the production of the chemicals (called prostaglandins) that cause pain and inflammation in the tissues of the body. Salt formats of ibuprofen such as sodium are modified versions of the NSAID. It is more water soluble compared to standard ibuprofen, so they help the drug to breakdown in the body faster.

Nurofen Express Tablets contains this modified NSAID and is effective for mild to moderate pain including headache and fever. It is also effective on pains such as dental pain, period pain, muscular pain and backache.

Nurofen Express 200mg and Nurofen Express Maximum Strength 400mg tablets contain ibuprofen (as sodium dihydrate). For Pain Relief. Always Read the Label.

What should I do in case of an overdose of Nurofen?

Seek immediate medical advice in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well.

Do I have to eat before/when I take Nurofen?

Nurofen can be taken with or without food; when taken as directed and for a short time only. However, as with all medicines, you should always read the label before taking any ibuprofen product.