What Is It?: Ibuprofen is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by arthritis and gout. It isalso used to reduce fever and to relieve headaches, muscle aches, menstrual pain, aches and pains from the common cold, backache, and pain after surgery or dental work.
How To Use: Ibuprofen comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken three or four times a day for arthritis or every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take ibuprofen exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than directed by the package label or prescribed by your doctor. If you think that you need more medication to relieve your symptoms, call your doctor.
Possible Side Effects: Although side effects from ibuprofen are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: headache, dizziness, nervousness, upset stomach, stomach pain or cramps, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, gas. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: bloody vomit, bloody diarrhea or black tarry stools, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, skin rash, itching
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Capsules and tablets may be stored at room temperature. Some liquids should be stored in the refrigerator (see the prescription label.) Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture. Do NOT store in the bathroom.
Note: If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.