One of the most common medicines you will find in supermarkets and local pharmacies is ibuprofen, which belongs to a class of medicines called ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs’ or NSAID for short.

It is used for short-term relief of fever, pain and inflammation. Some of the most common uses are:

  • headaches
  • tooth pain
  • back pain and muscular pain
  • period pain
  • sore throat

Ibuprofen comes in varying forms such as tablets and capsules, and across multiple brands. The most common strength is 200mg with its targeting within your body the same regardless of the fancy packaging and writing, and is taken by the mouth. Because ibuprofen is wildly available and is within the NSAID class of medicines, sometimes we can get caught out thinking its safe in any scenario and with any other medication.

We recommend you avoid taking any form of ibuprofen and have a chat to your family pharmacist or GP if you:

  • are over the age of 65
  • have a history of stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • have any form of heart disease

If you notice any of the following while taking ibuprofen, please cease and seek medical assistance:

  • have difficulty breathing after taking an ibuprofen dose
  • have swollen ankles
  • vomit that looks dark and like coffee grounds
  • black stools that may indicate bleeding

If possible it is always recommended to have a chat to your pharmacist or GP if you are taking it for the first time, or have always taken it but have a new medication.


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