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; rheumatic pain, swelling and inflammation of the soft tissue, shoulder stiffness, muscle pain, lumbago (pain in the lower part of the spine) and neuralgia (nerve inflammation).
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 and eyes
- do not use it if you suffer from asthma
- do not use it if you have rhinitis (allergic rhinitis) and urticaria (hives)
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
- you have or have had an ulcer
- you have suffered or are suffering from asthma
- you have problems with your kidneys
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 gel.
You should take ibuprofen exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Usually, you should apply thin layer to the affected area 4 times a day, every 4 hours, if necessary.
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 take 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:
- mild stinging
- swelling or redness of the skin
- burning or itching
- appearance of small pimples
- painful or moist spots on the skin
- abdominal pain
- problems with your kidneys
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.