Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to relieve pain from various conditions such a headache, menstrual cramps, dental pain, muscle aches, and arthritis. It is also used in the reduction of fever and for the relief of minor aches and pain caused by the common cold or the flu.
Ibuprofen works to block the production in your body of the natural substances that result in inflammation. This effect of the medication helps to decrease pain, fever, and swelling.
The benefit of taking Ibuprofen is the reduction of the swelling, pain, and fever it provides to the individual who takes it.
If you are taking Ibuprofen as an over-the-counter product, read the directions on the product package before you start taking it. If the use of Ibuprofen is prescribed by your doctor, read the medication guide provided by the pharmacist before you start taking the medication. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about Ibuprofen.
Take Ibuprofen by mouth usually every 4 to 6 hours with a full glass of water except when your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down within ten minutes after taking the medication. If taking this drug will cause you stomach upset, take Ibuprofen with a meal, a glass of milk, or an antacid.
Your doctor has prescribed this medication based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Start taking this medication at the lowest possible dose in order to reduce the risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than what is directed by your doctor or by the package label. For medical conditions such as arthritis, take this medication as directed by your doctor.
When used by children, Ibuprofen’s dose is based on the child’s body weight. Read the package direction to determine the proper dose for your children based on his or her weight.
For some medical conditions such as arthritis, Ibuprofen’s full benefit may be felt after two weeks. If you are taking Ibuprofen as needed, take it as the first signs of pain occur. Waiting too long may worsen the pain and the medication may not work as well.
If your condition persists or worsens, or if you feel you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away. If you are taking the nonprescription Ibuprofen, consult your doctor immediately if your fever worsens or lasts more than 3 days, or if your pain worsens or lasts more than 10 days.
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