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Cuprofen (96 tablets )

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 11 Aug and Wed. 12 Aug.

Product Information

  • Age: 12 years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

Cuprofen Maximum Strength Tablets provides fast acting pain relief. Containing ibuprofen, the active ingredient, Cuprofen treats mild to moderate pain, as well as fever and inflammation

Cuprofen Maximum Strength tabs can treat pain, including that resulting from dental pain, lumbago, period pain, backache, rheumatic and muscular pains, neuralgia, fibrositis, migraine and headache, as well as give symptomatic relief from colds, flu and feverishness.

Cuprofen Maximum Strength tabs contain 400mg of the active ingredient, ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medication blocks the action of cyclo-oxygenase, an enzyme in the body which makes prostaglandins, in response to certain diseases, injuries and conditions. By reducing production, it reduces pain, inflammation and also swelling.

Ibuprofen also reduces fever by reducing the production of prostaglandins, which are responsible for an increase of prostaglandins within the brain, causing an increase in body temperature, which leads to the fever.

Prostaglandins are also responsible for period pain, as they cause the womb to contract and so ibuprofen is also good for period pain too.

The usual recommended dose for mild to moderate aches and pains, period pain and fever, is one tablet every four to six hours. These should be taken with food and should not exceed three tablets in any twenty four hour period. Ibuprofen should not be given to children, or taken during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding. In such cases, always consult your doctor, before using this medication.


Take Cuprofen with or after food. The majority of gastro-intestinal side effects can be prevented by taking the tablets with food or a glass of milk.

Non-Prescription Alternatives for the treatment of Pain are;

  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Aspirin
  • Topical Treatments (Ibuprofen gel)
  • Rest the area

If your pain does not ease or becomes severe, contact your GP or Pharmacist for further advice.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

For adults and children over 12 years:

Take one tablet with water every 6 hours.

Do ot exceed the maximum daily dose of 3 tablets in 24 hours.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take medication, however if you do they can include:

Occasionally unwanted reactions such as dizziness, headache, depression and skin rash might occur.
This treatment may trigger nausea, gastric irritation, stomach bleeding and dyspepsia. 

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredients contained in this medicine is/are:

Ibuprofen 400mg.

The medicine also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Lactose, Ar-di-sol, Methyl Cellulose (Methocel A4C, Magnesium Stearate. The tablet film coating contains Methyl Cellulose (Methocel E15), Polyethylebe Glycol 400 and Mastercote Pink FA0430.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

  • This medication is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years old. 
  • Avoid using more than the indicated dosage. 
  • Consult your doctor if symptoms persist for more than three days. 
  • Keep out of sight and out of reach of children. 
  • Consult your doctor before using this product, if you are expecting or a smoker. 
  • Avoid taking this medication if you are allergic to Aspirin or Ibuprofen or if you are taking other NSAID analgesics, or if you have had 2 or more episodes of stomach ulcer, or bleeding perforation. 

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Cuprofen Maximum Strength for?

    It relieves mild to moderate pain, including sprains and strains, backache, nerve pain (neuralgia), migraine, headache, period pain, toothache, rheumatic and muscular pain.

     It also relieves fever symptoms, as well as those of colds and flu. 

  • What does Cuprofen Maximum Strength contain?

     Cuprofen maximum strength tabs contain ibuprofen (400mg), an active ingredient which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). By blocking the enzyme responsible for making prostaglandins (cyclo-oxygenase), ibuprofen reduces levels of prostaglandins and thus relieves pain.

  • Can Cuprofen Maximum Strength and paracetamol be taken together?

     Cuprofen can be taken with paracetamol and also with opioid-type painkillers, such as co-codamol, codeine, tramadol and morphine. However, ibuprofen must not be taken with aspirin, or with any other anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs), like diclofenac and naproxen, as such a combination will increase the risk of possible side-effects to the stomach and intestines. Those who take selective inhibitors of COX-2, such as etoricoxib or celecoxib, should not take ibuprofen, as similar side-effects could result. Avoid taking cuprofen with any products which contain ibuprofen e.g. over-the-counter painkillers, or some cold and flu remedies. If you are taking other medication, make sure you check the ingredients, before starting a dose of cuprofen, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If you want to use an anti-inflammatory gel (such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, ketoprofen or piroxicam) when also taking cuprofen by mouth, take advice from your doctor or pharmacist, as such a combination is not safe for everyone.

  • What medicines will Cuprofen Maximum Strength interact with?

     If you take Cuprofen or ibuprofen alongside a corticosteroid such as prednisolone, you have an increased risk of bleeding or ulceration in your gut. Unless advised by a doctor, do not take ibuprofen if you are already taking:

    • Anti-coagulants (anti-blood-clotting medicines), such as warfarin, apixaban, rivaroxaban, dabigatran heparinor low molecular weight heparins, of which enoxaparin is an example

    anti-platelet medicines, which are used to reduce the risk of blood clots or to ‘thin the blood’ e.g. dipyridamole, prasugrel, clopidogrel and low-dose aspirin

    • iloprost • erlotinib • venlafaxine ginko biloba (a herbal remedy)

    • SSRI antidepressants e.g. fluoxetine, citalopram and paroxetine.

    If ibuprofen is taken with any of the following, the side-effects could affect the kidneys:

    • ACE inhibitors e.g. enalapril • tacrolimus • ciclosporin • diuretics e.g. furosemide. I

    buprofen may cause a reduction in the removal of some medicines from the body and this might increase the risk of any side-effects from these medicines:

    • digoxin • methotrexate • lithium.

    The blood pressure lowering effects of some medicines used in the treatment of high blood pressure may be affected by taking ibuprofen. These include:

    • ACE inhibitors such as captopril • amlodipine • beta-blockers such as atenolol.

    • Taking ibuprofen whilst also taking quinolone antibiotics, such as norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin, could lead to an increased risk of seizures (fits). It could also bring on epilepsy and convulsions in people who have no previous history of these conditions. 

  • Which other medicines contain ibuprofen?

     Ibuprofen can be purchased under several brand names. These include:

    • Anadin ibuprofen, Anadin ultra, Anadin period pain, Anadin joint pain, Brufen ,  Brufen Retard , Feminax express , Calprofen , Cuprofen for children  Fenbid spansules , Nurofen, Nurofen for children ,Mandafen for children , Orbifen for children.

    Ibuprofen is an active ingredient which is in many over-the-counter remedies for cold and flu, as well as in some non-prescription painkillers, each of which also contain other active ingredients. Ibuprofen can also come in gel, cream and spray form. These are applied directly to the skin and are for the purpose of relieving joint and muscle pain. These include:

    • Fenbid gel • Ibuderm • Ibumousse • Ibuspray • Ibugel • Ibuleve • Phorpain gel • Nurofen gel • Radian B ibuprofen gel.

Authored By:

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William Obeng

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Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 29-05-2019

Reviewed By:

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Scott McDougall


Reviewed on: 29-05-2019

Next review date: 29-05-2021

Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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