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Generic Name: ibuprofen

This medicine can relieve minor aches and pains caused by a cold, flu, sore throat, headache, or too... more
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What is this medicine?

IBUPROFEN (eye BYOO proe fen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine can relieve minor aches and pains caused by a cold, flu, sore throat, headache, or toothache. It is used to treat fever or pain for a short time.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks a day
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • not drinking fluids
  • sore throat with high fever, headache, nausea or vomiting
  • stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ibuprofen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Shake well before using. Read the directions on the package label very carefully. Use the child's weight or age to find the correct dose. Use the measuring device provided in the package or a specially marked spoon. Do not use a household spoon. Household spoons are not accurate. This medicine may be given with food or milk. Do NOT give more than directed. Doses should not be given more than 4 times in one day.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine should not be used in children under 3 years of age unless directed by a doctor.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cidofovir
  • ketorolac
  • methotrexate
  • pemetrexed

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • aspirin
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • other drugs for inflammation like prednisone
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better within 1 day or if they get worse. Also, check with your doctor if a fever lasts for more than 3 days. Do not use more than 2 days.

This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional.

Do not take other medicines that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine.

This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death. To reduce your risk, do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol while you are taking this medicine.

This medicine can cause you to bleed more easily. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

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