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Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets

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Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (84 tablets )

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Ibuprofen - Anti-inflammatory Painkiller

Whether you are suffering from headaches or period pain, whether it is your back causing you bother or you are struggling with a cold or flu. Ibuprofen works directly at the source of pain and inflammation to quickly make you feel more comfortable and helps you to be able to get on with your day. 

Ibuprofen 400mg tablets are available to buy online at The Independent Pharmacy, without a prescription when you complete our short health questionnaire for our pharmacy team.

Ibuprofen Information

  • Age: 12 years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

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
  • Toothache
  • Fever 
  • 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. 

 

Ibuprofen Shortage

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.

 

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Ibuprofen directions

Before taking Ibuprofen tablets please make sure that you have read and understood the full information provided in the Patient Information Leaflet.

Ibuprofen should only be taken orally and should be taken at the same time as food or a glass of milk to avoid stomach irritation.

Ibuprofen 400 mg tablets are only suitable for children and adults over the age of 12 years.

You should not take Ibuprofen tablets at the same time as any other medicine containing Ibuprofen, including Ibuprofen gel, as this can cause an overdose. 

 

Ibuprofen dose - how much to take?

Children and adults over the age of 12 years old: Take one 400mg tablet up to 3 times a day.

 

How often can you take Ibuprofen?

You should leave at least 4 hours between each dose of Ibuprofen and you should not take more than 3 tablets in 24 hours. 

 

Ibuprofen dose for children

Children under the age of 12 years old can take smaller doses of Ibuprofen but this should be of either 200mg tablets or in liquid suspension. 

Ibuprofen 400mg tablets are only suitable for children over the age of 12 years and you should not cut up or chew these tablets. 

 

Ibuprofen overdose

Taking any amount of Ibuprofen over the stated dose is an overdose and can potentially cause you harm. 

If you think you have taken too much Ibuprofen you must seek medical advice or attend your nearest emergency department as soon as possible, even if you do not feel unwell.

Possible signs of an Ibuprofen overdose include:

  • Stomach pain, feeling and being sick
  • Drowsiness
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased or decreased heart rate

Ibuprofen side effects

Ibuprofen, like other medication, can cause you to experience some unwanted side effects. For full details on reported side effects please take the time to read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly. 

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while taking Ibuprofen tablets you must attend your nearest emergency department as soon as possible.

Most side effects will stop after you finish taking Ibuprofen tablets. If your side effects do not improve or you are concerned about any side effects you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice. 

The common side effects associated with Ibuprofen use are:

  • Headaches
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Excessive wind
  • Indigestion, constipation or diarrhoea 
  • Skin rashes and itching (hives)

Ibuprofen ingredients

Before taking Ibuprofen tablets please make sure that you have read and understood all the ingredients included in the Patient Information Leaflet. 

Each tablet contains the active ingredient: 400mg of ibuprofen.

Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: Lactose monohydrate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, aluminum lake (E127), titanium dioxide (E171).

Ibuprofen warnings

Please make sure that you have read the full list of warnings and precautions in the Patient Information Leaflet before taking Ibuprofen tablets. 

You should not take Ibuprofen if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have had a bleed in your stomach, a stomach ulcer, or a hole in your stomach
  • You have problems with your liver, kidneys or heart

You should speak to a pharmacist or doctor before taking Ibuprofen if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have ever had asthma, diabetes, or a stroke
  • You have high cholesterol or blood pressure
  • You have a long term gastrointestinal disorder or Lupus
  • You have recently been taking or are currently taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication

 

Ibuprofen on an empty stomach

You should not take Ibuprofen tablets on an empty stomach as this can cause you to experience stomach irritation. Always swallow Ibuprofen tablets whole with a drink and take at the same time as a snack or meal.

 

Ibuprofen and pregnancy

Taking Ibuprofen tablets is not recommended during pregnancy. Speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice if you are suffering from pain, inflammation or fever at this time. 

If you are breastfeeding you can take Ibuprofen tablets at the recommended dose. 

 

Ibuprofen and driving

Ibuprofen can make some people more tired than normal. You should therefore make sure that you know how Ibuprofen will affect you before you drive or operate any heavy machinery. 

 

Ibuprofen and alcohol

When taking Ibuprofen you should be aware that drinking too much alcohol at the same time may increase your chances of experiencing irritation to your stomach. It is however usually safe to drink alcohol in small amounts.

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 - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 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 & DPD 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, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

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

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

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

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

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
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
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 ibuprofen used for?

    Ibuprofen relives mild to moderate pain such as headache, dental pain, menstrual pains, backache, muscular aches and pains, rheumatic pain and neuralgia. Ibuprofen reduces fevers symptoms of cold and flu, and inflammation. 

  • Can I take ibuprofen if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Check with your GP as he/she may recommend its use during pregnancy to treat inflammation and to reduce a fever. However, ibuprofen should NOT be taken after 30 weeks of pregnancy. Overall, no significant evidence has suggested that taking ibuprofen during pregnancy is harmful. 


    During breastfeeding, doctors recommend paracetamol for pain relief. However, if a breast feeder takes Ibuprofen, only a small amount of the medication will enter into the milk.

  • Will taking ibuprofen interfere with other medications?

    Ibuprofen may effect prescribed and over-the counter medications. Contact your GP or read the enclosed instructions prior to use. Some common medications that ibuprofen may interfere with include: antihypertensives • anti-inflammatories • digoxin • lithium • tacrolimus • SSRI antidepressants • warfarin • aspirin 

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Andy Boysan

BPharm

Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 29-01-2021


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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Chris Newbury

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Reviewed on: 29-01-2021

Next review date: 29-01-2023


Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.


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