Ibuprofen

*** Please Note***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

How does Ibuprofen work?
Ibuprofen is a group of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which reduce mild to moderate pain: headaches, tooth aches, period pains, back pain, and muscle pain. Ibuprofen can also reduce a fever.

When should I avoid giving Ibuprofen to my child?
Do not give your child ibuprofen if he has a known allergy to NSAIDs. Please consult your doctor if your child has any other medical condition –especially dehydration, continued diarrhea, stomach problems (ulcers, acid reflux), hypertension, cardiac or kidney disease, respiratory dysfunction (asthma), or lupus. In any case you are unsure – please consult your doctor. Please consult your doctor if your child is taking any other type of medication. Do not take ibuprofen if you are taking other NSAIDs.

Ibuprofen is also called Ibuprofen forte, Ibuleve, Artofen, Advil, Advil forte, Adex, Nurofen and Ibufen. Ibuprofen should be kept at room temperature (25 degrees C; 77 degrees F) out of reach of children. Do not use if it passed the expiration date on the box.

Possible side effects include nausea, dizziness, tiredness and stomach pain.

Ibuprofen should not be given to children under the age of three months.

3-6 mos.: follow the directions given by your doctor

To Lower a Fever:

  • 6-12 mos.: if the fever is < 39 C/100F, give 5 mg per kilogram; if the fever > 39 C/100F, give 10 mg. per kilogram every 6-8 hours (up to 40 mg per kilogram per day).
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: 30-70 mg. per kilogram per day, this dose should be divided into every 6-8 hours.
  • Pain Relief: 4-10 mg. per kilogram every 6-8 hours
  • < 20 kilogram: maximum 400 mg a day
  • Between 20 and 30 kilograms: maximum 600 mg a day
  • Between 30 and 40 kilograms: maximum 80 mg a day
  • > 40 kilogram – adult dose (200-400 mg every 4-6 hours): begin with a lower dose. Maximum 2.4 gram a day

Syrup
Use the syringe that comes in the package. Make sure to shake the contents of the bottle. Gently release the contents of the syringe into your child’s mouth.

Make sure that your child has a glass of water when he takes the medication. This will prevent dehydration.

What should I do if I forgot to administer a dose?
If your child is taking ibuprofen to prevent juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, give the forgotten dose once you remember. If it is within an hour of the next dose, do not give your child the forgotten dose. Do not double the next dose to compensate for the forgotten one.

If you are taking the medication for pain relief, only take it as needed, and do not take more than the recommended dose.

When should I stop treatment?
You should stop giving the medication when your doctor tells you. If the medication is given for pain relief, do not give more than is needed.

Call your doctor when

  • The condition gets worse
  • The fever/pain lasts longer than 3 days. Stop treatment and see your doctor
  • Your child will be undergoing surgery (including oral surgery) or medical exams.
  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as vision problems, hearing loss, rashes, meningitis symptoms (headaches, rigid neck), severe nausea, vomiting, back pains, edema, bloody vomit, bloody stool. Contact your doctor immediately if your child is experiencing any of these side effects.

Ibuprofen can cause sensitivity to sunlight – make sure your child is properly dressed if going outside. Do not use ibuprofen often or continuously without consulting your doctor.