Ibuprofen is a common medication used to relieve pain from various conditions such as headaches, dental pain, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, and arthritis. It is also used to reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains due to the common cold and the flu.
Ibuprofen is a NSAID, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. How it functions is by blocking your body’s production of natural substances that cause inflammation. The effect this creates also decreases swelling, pain and fever.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, usually every 4 to 6 hours with a full glass of water. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication. If you have a upset stomach while taking Motrin, then you may take it with food, milk, or an antacid.
Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. To reduce your risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects, this medication should to taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than what has been directed to you. For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, follow your doctors instructions and keep taking the medication.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Ibuprofen; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as naproxen, celecoxib); or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform you doctor of you Medical history. Especially of; asthma (including a history of worsening breathing after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), blood disorders (such as anemia, bleeding/clotting problems), growths in the nose (nasal polyps), heart disease (such as previous heart attack), high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, throat/stomach/intestinal problems (such as bleeding, heartburn, ulcers).
Kidney problems can sometimes occur with the use of NSAID medications, including ibuprofen. Problems are more likely to occur if you are dehydrated, have heart failure or kidney disease, are an older adult, or if you take certain medications (see also Drug Interactions section). Drink plenty of fluids as directed by your doctor to prevent dehydration and tell your doctor right away if you have a change in the amount of urine.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: easy bruising/bleeding, hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears), mental/mood changes, unexplained stiff neck, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), vision changes, symptoms of heart failure (such as swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).
This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, including: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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