What is Ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen 400mg tablets can be taken by children and adults over the age of 12 years to relieve mild to moderate pain and reduce associated inflammation.
Ibuprofen tablets are also effective at reducing fevers that are a typical unpleasant symptom of colds and flu.
What is Ibuprofen used for?
You can take Ibuprofen tablets to relieve mild to moderate pain, reduce inflammation and swelling and lower high temperatures.
The most common uses for Ibuprofen include the following:
- Headaches and migraines
- Back pain
- Arthritic pain
- Symptoms of the common cold and flu
- Period pain
- Muscle and joint pain
What does Ibuprofen do?
Ibuprofen is an active ingredient which falls into a category of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs work to reduce pain and inflammation by blocking the production of the chemical known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are released when the body is damaged or injured and are one of the components responsible for causing you to feel pain.
How long does Ibuprofen take to work?
You should expect to start to feel the effects of Ibuprofen tablets within 20 to 30 minutes. The effects of Ibuprofen will usually last for around 4-6 hours.
How long can you take Ibuprofen for?
Ibuprofen should only be taken for up to 10 days continuously. If you are continuing to experience pain after 10 days you must speak to a pharmacist or doctor for further advice.
Can you take Ibuprofen with Paracetamol?
Ibuprofen and paracetamol are both widely used pain killers that target pain in different ways making them a safe option to take at the same time. Taking alternative doses of Ibuprofen and paracetamol throughout the day is an effective way to stay on top of mild to moderate pain.
Ibuprofen and Codeine
You can safely take Ibuprofen at the same time as codeine. Codeine is an opioid pain reliever unlike Ibuprofen, which is an NSAID. The two medications work differently inside the body to reduce pain.
You can buy medication that combines both Ibuprofen and codeine in one tablet, such as Nurofen Plus, from The Independent Pharmacy, without the need for a prescription.
It is safe to take Ibuprofen at the same time as Co-codamol and can quickly provide extra pain relief. Co-codamol tablets are made up of the active ingredients, paracetamol and codeine and can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy, such as Solpedine Max.
Please note that you should not take any medicine that contains codeine for more than 3 days as it can cause addiction. If you are struggling to control your pain after 3 days you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.
Naproxen, Aspirin and Ibuprofen
Naproxen, Aspirin and Ibuprofen are all classified as NSAIDs, working in the same way to target pain and inflammation.
You should not take more than one NSAID at the same time unless you have been advised to do so by a doctor. You should not, therefore, take Naproxen or Aspirin at the same time as Ibuprofen.
Aspirin can be purchased online at The Independent Pharmacy here, without a prescription. You can also buy Naproxen online once you have completed a quick consultation with one of our pharmacists.
Why not take a look in our Guides section for more information about the similarities and differences between Naproxen and Ibuprofen.
Is Ibuprofen safe?
Ibuprofen, when taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet for less than 10 days does not regularly cause people problems.
However, like most other medicines, Ibuprofen can cause people to experience side effects and some people may find that they are allergic to Ibuprofen itself or one of the other ingredients included in the tablets.
In 2019, there was a global shortage of the active ingredient Ibuprofen meaning that manufacturers of Ibuprofen were unable to make the tablets, therefore making it much more difficult for customers to find and purchase Ibuprofen tablets.
At The Independent Pharmacy, we sell both generic branded Ibuprofen tablets and also Cuprofen tablets. If you find that one of these products is currently out of stock please check both product pages.
If you are unable to purchase Ibuprofen tablets from either page, you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor about other treatment options that would be suitable for you at this time.
Coronavirus and Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen tablets are currently recommended to reduce symptoms of COVID-19 including to reduce fever and offer pain relief from muscle aches, headaches and sore throat. There is currently inadequate evidence to verify a connection between taking Ibuprofen and worsening symptoms.