Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking ibuprofen. In particular, talk to your health care providers in case of allergic reactions. If you are taking other medicines, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of ibuprofen, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first. In these cases it’s useful to keep with you a list of all the drugs you are taking. Talk to him before starting any new cure as well, vitamins and natural products included.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your health care providers. Never use this medicine for a longer period of time than you have been told by your doctor.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your doctor.
Driving or operating machinery should be avoided until the consumer knows how it affects them as it can impair motor functions.
Indications and Usage
Before starting using ibuprofen oral suspension, you doctor must have decided that the benefits of the treatment overweigh the risks. Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest possible time.
In pediatric patients, ibuprofen oral suspension is suggested to treat fever, pain and juvenile arthritis (in patients aged 6 months to 2 years). In adults this medication is indicated to treat primary dysmenorrhea or rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Since there is no proof about beneficial effects of harmful interactions of aspirin with ibuprofen, the combined usage is not recommended.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. Usual dose for adults is: 600mg for headache, 200 to 400mg for pain or fever. Usual does for children is: 5mg for fevers under 102.5 degrees – 10mg for fevers over 102.5 degrees; for children greater than 6 months to 12 years. Use 5mg to 10mg for infants and children experiencing pain.
Drinking alcohol when taking ibuprofen may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Ibuprofen can interfere with aspirin. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking before your treatment with ibuprofen.
Among the drugs which may interact with ibuprofen oral suspension we have: ACE-Inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, lithium, methotrexate and warfarin.
ACE-Inhibitors may be less effective if combined with ibuprofen oral suspension. Moreover according to some studies, ibuprofen can reduce the natriuretic effect of some drugs (inhibiting the renal prostaglandin synthesis), reason why patients’ renal activity should be closely monitored during the duration of the treatment. NSAIDs seem to completely inhibit methotrexate, so caution should be used when administered together. Doctors should also be careful when prescribing ibuprofen on patients on anticoagulants, as the combined use may cause bleeding.
If you take a larger dose than you should take, tell your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist immediately even if you don’t feel bad. Bring with you the container and tell them about the amount you took and related timing.
Individual response may vary, which makes it necessary to evaluate each case individually. Although uncommon, serious toxicity and death have been recorded with ibuprofen overdosage. The most frequently reported symptoms of ibuprofen overdose include: abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, lethargy and drowsiness. Other central nervous system symptoms include: headache, tinnitus, CNS depression and seizures. Metabolic acidosis, coma, acute renal failure and apnea, especially in very young children, may rarely occur. Cardiovascular toxicity, including hypotension, bradycardia, tachycardia and atrial fibrillation, has also been reported.
Adverse Reactions and Precautions
If you have asthma, urticaria or allergic reactions to aspirin or any NSAIDs, taking ibuprofen oral suspension is not recommended as some deadly anaphylactic reactions have been recorded in the past, even though rarely. This medication is also contraindicated for coronary bypass graft surgeries.
Use of ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Breast feeding while using ibuprofen is unclear whether it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor or health care professional before taking ibuprofen.
Safety and effectiveness of ibuprofen in children younger than 6 months haven’t been proven. Dosage should be calculated depending on their weight. Ask your doctor for a consultation first.
The most common adverse reactions for patients taking ibuprofen have been: rashes and tinnitus, pruritus, nervousness, bleeding, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, fluid retention, high liver enzymes, edema, dizziness, anemia, abnormal renal function.
Additional adverse reactions may include: fever, infection, sepsis, heart failure, hypertension, tachycardia, syncope, dry mouth, duodenitits, esophagitis, gastric or duodenal ulcer with bleeding and/or perforations, gastritis, gastrointestinal bleeding, glossitis, hematemesis, hepatitis, jaundice, melena, rectal bleeding, ecchymosis, eosinophilia, leukopenia, purpura, stomatitis, thrombocytopenia, weight changes, anxiety, asthenia, confusion, depression, dream abnormalities, drowsiness, insomnia, malaise, paresthesia, somnolence, tremors, vertigo, asthma, dyspnea, alopecia, photosensitivity, sweating, blurred vision, cystitis, dysuria, hematuria, interstitial nephritis, oliguria or polyuria, proteinuria, sever renal failure.
Rarely happened adverse reactions include: anaphylactic reactions, anaphylactoid reactions, appetite change, arrhythmia, cerebrovascular accidents, hypotension, myocardial infarction, palpitations, vasculitis, skin eructation, gingival ulcers, hepatorenal syndrome, liver necrosis or failure, pancreatitis, agranulocytosis, hemolytic anemia, aplastic anemia, lymphadenopathy, neutropenia, pancytopenia, hyperglycemia, convulsions, coma, emotional lability, hallucinations, aseptic meningitis, apnea, respiratory depression, pneumonia, rhinitis, angioedema, toxic epidermal necrosis, erythema multiforme, exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens Johnson syndrome, urticarial, vesiculobullous eruptions, amblyopia, conjunctivitis, dry eyes, hearing impairment, azotemia, decreased creatinine clearance, glomerulitis, renal papillary or tubular necrosis.