This medicine contains the active ingredient ibuprofen which is also called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or just 'anti-inflammatory'. NSAIDs are used to ease pain, stiffness and inflammation of conditions that affect muscles, bones and joints. Ibuprofen is also used to reduce pain and inflammation in rheumatic conditions. Ibuprofen, as well as other NSAIDs, eases pain and inflammation by blocking the production of chemicals called ‘prostaglandins’, which are produced at sites of injury or damage. This medicine is intended for topical treatment of sports injuries and accidents related to the violation of the musculoskeletal system such as contusions, sprains, strains and muscle sprains, muscular rheumatism, arthrosis, joint disease (osteoarthritis), rheumatic diseases of the joints and the spine, swelling or inflammation of the soft tissue adjacent to the joints (for example, bursae, tendines, tendon sheaths, ligaments), shoulder stiffness, myalgia and lumbago.
Is Ibuprofen suitable for me?
Ibuprofen is not suitable for everyone.
- do not use it if you are allergic to Ibuprofen, other NSAIDs or other ingredients of this medicine
- it should not be applied to damaged skin (open wounds or diseased skin), the mucous membranes, eczema and eyes
- do not use it during the last trimester of pregnancy
In particular, you must tell the doctor if:
- it is meant for the child under 14 years
- you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
- have asthma or hay fever
- suffer from swelling of the nasal mucosa or COPD
Ibuprofen interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Ibuprofen?
This medicine is available in form of cream and gel.
You should take ibuprofen exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Usually, you should apply thin layer to the affected area 3 to 4 times a day, every 3 to 4 hours, if necessary.
- The maximum dose is 20 g of cream/gel (1000 mg of ibuprofen) per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not miss any doses and apply the medicine at the same time each day. Do not apply two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Ibuprofen side effects?
Like all medicines ibuprofen can cause side effects, including:
- burning, itching, rash
- exanthema and urticaria
- allergic reaction
- contact dermatitis
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.