Important Instructions for Ibuprofen

Effects of Ibuprofen

By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, ibuprofen is useful for reducing fever and pain related to a number of conditions. This includes pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions; and pain related to inflammation or bone, muscle, or tendon injury.

How Do I Take Ibuprofen?

Some general considerations for how to take the medication include the following:
  • It comes in tablet, capsule, caplet, and oral suspension (liquid) forms.
  • It is best if you take ibuprofen with food or milk to avoid an upset stomach.
  • For it to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
  • It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of serious side effects occurring.
  • If using over-the-counter ibuprofen products, you should follow the instructions on the label. Do not exceed the recommended over-the-counter doses, and do not take the medication for more than 10 days for pain relief or 3 days for fever unless your healthcare provider recommends doing so.

Dosing Information

The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The form of ibuprofen
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Ibuprofen Dosage for more information.)
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