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Ibuprofen

Author: Tina Lien, Pharmacist , MedSchoolForParents.com Editor
What is it used for ? 
Treatment of headaches, swelling, fever, aches and pain of the muscles, bones and joints.
 
How does it work ?
Ibuprofen is a member of the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that works by stopping the body’s production of chemical substances that can cause pain, fever and inflammation.
 
Side Effects
All medications can cause some side effects. Usually these side effects are mild in nature, but for some people, they may be serious.
 
Ibuprofen is generally safe; however, most side effects experienced are nausea and upset stomach. Taking ibuprofen with food or milk may reduce stomach upset effects. Up to 9% of patients also experience ringing in the ears. Side effects of ibuprofen are generally mild, but can increase in severity if taken over long periods of time or in higher doses. If your child is experiencing any allergic reaction to the medication, such as rash or difficulty breathing after taking ibuprofen, please stop using the medication and check with your doctor.
 
Drug Interactions
Ibuprofen should not be taken with Aspirin unless directed by a doctor, as this combination increases the damage to the stomach. Ibuprofen may also interact with certain antibiotics causing an increase in concentration of ibuprofen in the body.
 
What every parent should know
  1. Ibuprofen is generally safe for children. However, if your child is younger than 2 years of age, consult a doctor if ibuprofen is the right drug for your child.
  2. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the best dose for your child. General recommendation is for 10 milligram for every kilogram body weight.
  3. Children with severe dehydration or any kidney illness should not take ibuprofen as it is metabolized through the kidneys.
  4. If your child has previous allergic reactions to Aspirin, do not give ibuprofen, as allergic reactions are likely to occur.
  5. If allergic reactions to ibuprofen occur during treatment, such as rash or difficulty breathing, or if constant vomiting is present, stop using the medication and consult your doctor.
  6. Give the medication as directed by your doctor or read the package label carefully. Please use the provided dropper, spoon, or measuring cup to measure out the correct amount of ibuprofen.
  7. Ibuprofen comes in different forms, including pediatric drops, suspension, and tablets, each with different flavors available.
  8. When using the suspension, make sure to shake the suspension well before each use to mix the medications evenly.
 
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have further questions on the use of ibuprofen for your child.
 
Updated: 03/08/2017
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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