Important Instructions for Ibuprofen
Effects of IbuprofenBy 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 InformationThe 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.)