What is Brufen (Ibuprofen) used for?
Brufen (Ibuprofen) is an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly prescribed to treat arthritis. The medication prevents the actions of hormones that cause swelling, pain, or irritation in response to injury. This action may also make it useful for treating other conditions such as headaches, toothaches, menstrual pain, or other mild muscle pains. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Brufen (Ibuprofen)?
Brufen (Ibuprofen) is normally administered one to three times each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, the severity of your symptoms, and your current health condition. These doses should be swallowed whole with a large glass of water and can be taken with or without food, but a meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Never change the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Brufen (Ibuprofen)?
Brufen (Ibuprofen) may cause side effects in some patients including:
More serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are sensitive skin, angina, unusual swelling, weight gain, flu symptoms, urinary retention, stiff muscles, seizures, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Inform your physician as soon as you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent more problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Brufen (Ibuprofen) if you have an active peptic ulcer, severe heart failure, severe kidney failure, severe liver failure, if you have experienced ulcers caused by NSAID medications, or if you have had an allergic reaction while using other NSAID medications. Also disclose if you are a smoker or have diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, kidney disease, liver disease, hypertension, connective tissue disease, clotting disorders, high cholesterol, intestinal disorders, or if you have a history of heart attacks. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring adjustments to your dosage.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Brufen (Ibuprofen). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.