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Ibuprofen
Ibugesic - 400mg

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Background on Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is essentially nothing but a NSAID which stands for Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug. Typically it is certain hormones in the system which is responsible for inflammation and pain to occur in the body and ibuprofen works on these hormones, thus alleviating pain. It is useful for treating various kinds of pain such as pain in the teeth, headache, arthritis, cramps, or any kind of injury.
Ibuprofen is sold in the market under various brand names such as Ibugesic from Cipla and Motrin among many others.

A final note would be that ibuprofen is in fact used for various purposes beyond those listed here.

Some Important Information on Ibuprofen
While ibuprofen works well when it comes to providing relief from pain, there can be some dire consequences arising from its usage as well, including serious ones such as heart attacks and strokes. These risks aggravate as ibuprofen is ingested over prolonged periods of time. Ibuprofen is especially not recommended after patients have undergone a bypass surgery for the heart. Accordingly, there are many conditions, which if they arise, require immediate medical attention such as pain in the chest, slurred speech, shortness in breath, a feeling of weakness, and any problems related to balance or vision, which may arise after ibuprofen has been taken.

There are some negative consequences seen in the stomach and intestines as well. For instance, there could be ruptures or perforations there. Depending on the age of the patient as well as the intensity of the condition, these could be fatal as well. Signs to watch out for are blood in the stools, vomit or cough that is bloody or looks like ground coffee.

In case you have a bodily reaction against NSAID medication in general, then you need to be careful in case of all such medications. Some relatively common medications for allergies and pain alleviation contain them so checking with your doctor prior to ingestion would be advisable, especially since sometimes we may end up consuming multiple iterations of these medications at the same time.

FDA classifies ibuprofen as a Class D drug which means adequate caution has to be exercised by pregnant women ingesting them. Towards the latter portions of your pregnancy, taking ibuprofen could lead to birth defects in the child. Moreover, it is very important that your doctor knows about your pregnancy in case you are taking or planning to take ibuprofen. The same holds true if you are nursing, especially since ibuprofen can pass through breast milk to the child; in any case, the medication is not meant for children below the age of 2 years.

Prior to taking Ibuprofen
Before taking any ibuprofen medication, it is very important that you discuss with your doctor candidly your medical history, along the lines of the ones mentioned above. In case you have medical conditions like asthma, blood clots, seizures, nose polyps, bleeding, and so on, your doctor will confirm to you if it is OK to ingest ibuprofen alongside.
Likewise, any allergies to NSAIDs or sulfa drugs would mean that you should not be taking ibuprofen anyway.

Taking Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen has to be taken exactly as per the doctor’s advice. You should not deviate from the same under any circumstances. There is adequate information / literature that come with the medication, which you can refer to as well. Do not deviate from the course that has been suggested to you. You should particularly be careful about taking only the right quantity of the medication and not taking excess of it since that can cause a lot of damage.

Typically, the maximum quantity prescribed is 800 mg in each dose which if taken 4 times a day amounts to 3200 mg a day for an adult; you should not be exceeding this quantity under any circumstances. Likewise, there would be a set time frame for which the medication would be prescribed to you; it is very important that you stick to the same and do not go beyond that.

In case you are susceptible to stomach problems while ingesting ibuprofen, take it with food or milk which will reduce such chances. As far as storage of the medication goes, do so in a cool, dry place.

Forgetting Consumption / Missing a Dose
Typically, ibuprofen is only taken when there is a need for you to do so, so it is somewhat unlikely that you will actually “forget” to take the medication. At the same time, there is the possibility that you are on a scheduled dosage and you forget to take it. In such a scenario, take it when you remember it but not if it is too close to the next dose, since you could easily end up overdosing; instead skip the one you missed, and take the next one.

Overdose
In case of an overdose, the first thing to do is to seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of excess dosage include drowsiness, pain in the stomach, fainting, coma, blood in your cough, bloody or black stools, and shortness of breath.

Precautions
There are some drugs which you may need to avoid while taking ibuprofen, especially other NSAIDs. This would especially be true if you are taking aspirin to protect you from strokes and heart attacks. Ibuprofen is known to reduce the efficacy of drugs like aspirin so you may not get the desired level of protection. If you have to take both together anyway, make sure there is adequate gap in their respective consumption. Also avoid alcohol as much as possible while taking ibuprofen.

Side Effects
Some relatively mild side effects of ibuprofen include dizziness, heartburn, nausea, stomach upset, and headache. If these conditions continue for long, you should see a doctor.
More serious side effects include abnormal weight gain, changes in behavior or mood, pain in the chest, slurred speech, cough and stools which are bloody, a stiff neck, and a general feeling of lethargy.
In case you experience any of these side effects, you must see the doctor at the earliest.

Also, bear in mind that there could be other side effects as well, so you should consult your doctor in case you experience anything out of the norm.

Dosage
Dosage is something which your doctor will determine – which you must stick to without exception, based on factors such as your age, the seriousness of your condition, other medical conditions that you have, as well as any allergies or reactions that you may have, among a whole host of varied factors.

Interaction with other Medications
Ibuprofen can interact with other medications such as antidepressants like citalopram and escitalopram; NSAIDs like ketoprofen and naproxen; as well as BP / heart medications such as lisonopril and enalapril.
There could be other medications which interact as well which is why it is best advised that you discuss all medications that you are already taking or planning to take, with your doctor.

Additional Information

SKU 529
US Brand Name Motrin 400mg
Strength 400mg
Generic Name Ibuprofen
Manufacturer Cipla
PharmaceuticalForm Tablet/s
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