IBUPROFEN (Motrin(reg), Advil(reg), Rufen(reg), Nuprin(reg)) is an antiinflammatory drug. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation and eases mild to moderate pain. It reduces fever and relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (rheumatism), osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps or premenstrual pain and swelling. Generic ibuprofen tablets and caplets are available.
Take ibuprofen tablets or caplets orally. Follow the directions on the label. Swallow tablets whole with a full glass of water; take tablets in an upright or sitting position. Taking a sip of water first, before taking the tablets, may help you swallow them. If possible take bedtime doses at least 10 minutes before lying down. Ibuprofen may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: ;signs of bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black tarry stools, blood in the urine, unusual tiredness or weakness ;signs of an allergic reaction - difficulty breathing or wheezing, skin rash, redness, blistering or peeling skin, hives, or itching, swelling of eyelids, throat, lips ;blurred vision ;change in the amount of urine passed ;difficulty swallowing, severe heartburn or burning, pain in throat ;pain or difficulty passing urine ;stomach pain or cramps ;swelling of feet or ankles ;vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Let your prescriber or health care professional know if your pain continues, do not take with other pain-killers without advice. Do not treat yourself for a fever with ibuprofen for more than 3 days, or for pain for more than 10 days without asking your prescriber or health care professional for advice. You may be covering up a more serious illness.
ACE inhibitors ;agents that treat or prevent blood clots such as warfarin or other 'blood thinners' ;agents that affect platelets ;alcohol ;alendronate ;aspirin and aspirin-like medicines ;cyclosporine ;drospirenone; ethinyl estradiol (Yasmin(reg)) ;herbal products that contain feverfew, garlic, ginger, or ginkgo biloba ;lithium ;methotrexate ;other antiinflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or prednisone) ;water pills (diuretics)
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.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees.