Nurofen comes in the forms of tablets, caplets, liquid capsules, meltlets, express caplets, tablets and liquid capsules, and in forms used for migraine pain, tension headaches and back pain (SR capsules). All of these forms contain ibuprofen as an active ingredient a non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID). Ibuprofen is efficient in relieving mild to moderate pain, like nerve, muscular or rheumatic pain, headaches, migraine, toothache or menstrual pain. The medication also works well for fever and inflammation, and is used is flu and cold symptoms.
Some forms of Nurofen are starting to work faster than usual tablets or capsules, like tablets for migraine or tension headache, express tablets or liquid capsules and some are designed to last longer (back pain nurofen SR). Nurofen meltlets are melted in the mouth, without water.
Side effects of Nurofen
Common side effects of Nurofen may include nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain, skin rash or headache. Diarrhea or constipation, vomiting and gases are rarely reported.
Nurofen is sometimes connected to severe allergic reactions abdominal bleeding, fluid retention and swelling, noise in the ears, blurred vision, vertigo, hypertension, kidney, liver and blood problems or heart failure.
Large doses of Nurofen or long therapy with this medication may result in ulcers or internal bleeding.
Interference with other drugs
Ibuprofen should not be combined with Aspirin or any other NSAID (naproxen, diclofenac, celecoxib or etoricoxib) for it increases the risk of stomach and intestinal problems.
Prednisolone combined with Nurofen might lead to ulceration or intestinal bleeding. Anti blood clotting (blood thinners) and antiplatelet medicine, antidepressants and venlafaxine used with Nurofen increase the risk of bleeding, too.
Use of Nurofen and ACE inhibitors, Cyclosporine, diuretics and tacrolimus (used after organ transplantations) increase the possible risk to your kidneys.
When used with digoxin, lithium or metotrexate, Nurofen is known to increase side effects of these medications.
Taking Nurofen with medications for high blood pressure (beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors or amlodipine) is lowering their efficacy.
Nurofen should not be used 8 to 12 days after the use of mifepristone.
Alcohol should be avoided to use with this medication because it may increase the side effects, especially the bleeding.
Your doctors or pharmacist should be informed about every medication or herbal
remedy you have been using. Do not use more medication than the dose your
doctor has prescribed. Be cautious with Nurofen if you have kidney or liver
disease. If you experience an allergic reaction to this drug, seek for medical