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|Type of medicine||Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)|
|Works by||Blocks the production of COX1 and COX2 enzymes to reduce pain, inflammation and fever|
|Effective within||30 minutes|
|Pack size||96 Tablets|
|Manufacturer||Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd|
|Use with alcohol||In moderation|
What is Cuprofen?
Cuprofen is a pain killer that is effective in the short term treatment of pain in those over 12 years of age.
Cuprofen maximum strength tablets contain 400mg of the active ingredient ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is an effective pain killer and falls into a category of medication called Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
NSAIDs, including Cuprofen, are a commonly used group of medicines which are used to relieve mild to moderate pain, reduce inflammation and are also effective in reducing high temperatures and fevers.
Cuprofen can be taken safely alongside paracetamol and other opioid-containing painkillers to provide further pain relief.
Cuprofen should however not be taken alongside other NSAIDs such as:
- Ibuprofen containing medication
- High-doses of aspirin
It is important that before starting treatment using Cuprofen that you read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
If you are struggling to manage your pain with Cuprofen after 3 days in those under 18 years and 10 days in those over 18 years, you should seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist.
What is Cuprofen used for?
Cuprofen is used to treat mild to moderate pain, reduce inflammation and reduce fevers caused by:
- Dental pain
- Period pain
- Muscular pain
- Nerve pain
- Migraine and headache
- Symptomatic relief from colds and flu
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you are unsure as to whether this medication is suitable to treat your pain, inflammation or fever, speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking Cuprofen.
How does Cuprofen work?
Cuprofen contains the active ingredient ibuprofen and like other NSAIDs, ibuprofen works by blocking the effects of an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase (COX).
The COX enzyme is responsible for the production of chemicals called prostaglandins. It is these prostaglandins that can produce pain, inflammation and a rise in body temperature.
By blocking the action of the COX enzyme, Cuprofen, therefore, reduces the number of prostaglandins that are produced which in turn reduces symptoms of pain and fever.
Cuprofen is suitable for those over 12 years old. Cuprofen should be taken as a single dose of one 400mg tablet, orally up to 3 times a day.
For more information about the dosage of Cuprofen maximum strength tablets please see the directions section on this page (link to this).
It is important that before taking any medication you read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
Can I take two Cuprofen tablets?
You should not take more than one Cuprofen maximum strength tablet at one time.
Cuprofen contains 400mg of Ibuprofen which is the same amount of ibuprofen that would be contained in two regular tablets.
Taking over the stated dose of any medication can increase the chances of unwanted and more serious side effects. If you have taken over the stated dose of Cuprofen stop taking straight away. If you feel unwell contact a doctor immediately.
Cuprofen Vs Ibuprofen
Cuprofen is a branded maximum-strength form of the medicine ibuprofen and therefore Cuprofen should not be taken at the same time as any other medicine containing the active ingredient ibuprofen.
Cuprofen should also not be taken with any other anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as aspirin or naproxen.
Cuprofen and ibuprofen are used to treat pain, inflammation and fevers.
Cuprofen maximum strength tablets contain 400mg of the active ingredient ibuprofen in each tablet. Only one Cuprofen tablet can be taken at one time.
Regular ibuprofen tablets will contain 200mg per tablet and up to 2 tablets can be taken at one time.
Cuprofen side effects
Like all medications, some people may experience unwanted side effects when taking Cuprofen. The most commonly reported side effects of Cuprofen are abdominal pain and nausea.
To reduce the chances of experiencing gastric symptoms it is recommended all ibuprofen containing medicines are taking with or after food. For more information please see our Cuprofen side effects section on this page.
Before commencing treatment with any medication you must familiarise yourself with the information included in the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you are concerned or have questions about side effects when taking Cuprofen, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.
- Cuprofen, Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/10971/pil
For use in children and adults over 12 years only:
Take one 400mg tablet every 4-6 hours up 3 times in 24 hours.
If you think you have taken over the stated dose of Cuprofen stop taking this medication straight away. If you begin to feel unwell you should seek medical advice immediately.
Cuprofen is for oral use only and is suitable for the short term treatment of mild-moderate pain, inflammation and fever in people over the age of 12 years.
You should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are unable to manage your pain using Cuprofen alone or alongside basic painkillers such as paracetamol:
- After 3 days in those under 18 years old
- After 10 days in those over 18 years old
Cuprofen can irritate the digestive tract (gastric irritation), it is therefore recommended that Cuprofen should be taken with or after food.
For full information on Cuprofen dosage please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
Each Cuprofen maximum strength tablet contains 400mg of the active ingredient ibuprofen.
Each tablet also contains lactose and magnesium stearate.
For a full list of ingredients please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
Cuprofen side effects
As with all medication, some people may experience unwanted side effects when taking Cuprofen. If you do experience side effects you should stop taking Cuprofen and speak to a doctor or pharmacist about your concerns and discuss other available options.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of reported side effects associated with Cuprofen. Before taking any prescribed or non-prescribed medication you should make sure you have familiarised yourself with the full information enclosed in the Patient Information Leaflet.
Most commonly reported side effects:
- Indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea
- Skin rashes
If you experience black or bloody stools or notice blood in your vomit when taking Cuprofen you should speak to a doctor immediately.
For full details about the warnings and precautions associated with Cuprofen please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
You should not take Cuprofen if:
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients (Cuprofen contains lactose)
- You have had 2 or more episodes of stomach ulcers, perforation or abdominal bleeding
Cuprofen and pregnancy
It is not recommended to take Cuprofen during pregnancy. If you are experiencing pain, inflammation or fever and you are pregnant you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist about your options.
Cuprofen may be suitable for treatment in those that are breastfeeding. It is however recommended that you speak to a doctor or pharmacist before starting Cuprofen.
Cuprofen and other medication
Cuprofen contains ibuprofen which is an NSAID. If you are taking any other form of NSAID including suppositories and gels to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Cuprofen as this is likely to increase the chances of experiencing side effects.
Cuprofen may affect or be affected by some other medication such as some anticoagulants, medications to lower high blood pressure and corticosteroids. If you are therefore taking any other medication you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Cuprofen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.