Nurofen Ireland

General Information

Nurofen Ireland (i.e. Ibuprofen) represents a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Basically, it reduces hormones causing inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is also used to reduce fever and effectively treat pain as well as inflammation caused by such conditions as toothache, headache, back pain, menstrual cramps, arthritis and/or minor injury.

Drug Description

Nurofen Ireland is for oral administration and short-term use only. Nurofen Ireland tablets assist to reduce the overall inflammation and provide an effective relief from pain for duration up to 8 hours in case of a 2-tablet dosage. In case if the symptoms persist or worsen, the patient is advised to get in touch with doctor without any delay.

Basically, Nurofen Ireland assists in pain and inflammation relief by blocking the effects of COX enzymes. It prevents prostaglandin synthesis (prostaglandins increase body temperature and influence nerve endings to become more sensitive to pain). Nurofen belongs to a group of NSAIDs medicines (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). Peak levels are achieved within 1-2 hours after administration.

Nurofen Ireland is effective for minor aches relief as well as pains caused by arthritis, the common cold, backache, migraine and headache, muscular aches, menstruation and toothache among adults. In addition, it also relieves some minor aches and temporarily relieves fever in children less 6 months old. Besides that, it does not cause any dependence and is available at a low cost in majority of shops.

Side Effects

It is of high importance to be fully aware about possible side effects that may be caused by Nurofen Ireland. Please, consult with your doctor immediately in case, if any of side effects listed below occur while taking Nurofen Ireland:

  • Abdominal pain;
  • Belching;
  • Acid or sour stomach;
  • Bloating;
  • Decrease in urine amount;
  • Cloudy urine;
  • Decrease in urine output;
  • Decrease in ability of urine-concentrating;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Excess air or gas in stomach and/or intestines;
  • Difficulties during bowel movement (i.e. stool);
  • Full feeling;
  • Indigestion;
  • Heartburn;
  • Itchiness of skin;
  • Pale skin;
  • Pain and/or discomfort in chest, as well as throat or upper stomach;
  • Nausea;
  • Passing gas;
  • Noisy and/or rattling breathing;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Rash containing flat lesions and/or small raised lesions on the skin;
  • Swelling of fingers, face, feet, hands, ankles, lower legs;
  • Troubles with breathing at rest and or with exertion;
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding;
  • Vomiting;
  • Unusual weakness or tiredness;
  • Gain of weight;

Less commonly observed side effects of Nurofen Ireland, which should also be taken into consideration, are:

  • Stomach discomfort or soreness;
  • Abdominal cramps.

For patients, who are 18 – 60 years old, who do not take any other medication and do not have any other medical conditions, the possible side effects more likely to experience are:

  • Stomach-related side effects, such as heartburn, indigestion, bleeding etc. Elderly people, who are taking other medicines, which may affect the stomach, or who consume more than 3 glasses of alcohol on daily basis may have a higher risk. Nurofen Ireland basically has one of the lowest of stomach-related risks of side effects in comparison with other NSAIDs.
  • Majority of NSAIDs are usually associated with a higher risk of stroke or heart attack. In general, the risk can be higher among patients, who have pre-existing cardiovascular conditions and in case of dosages more than 1200mg per day.
  • May not be suitable for certain people including those, who have kidney disease, stomach ulcers history and/or any other gastrointestinal problems.
  • In case of pre-existing cardiovascular disease, following coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
  • Nurofen Ireland can interact with some other medicines such as warfarin, ACE inhibitors, SSRIs and diuretics.

Precautions

Nurofen Ireland should be taken with precautions in order to avoid any sort of adverse effects. The drug is to be taken cautiously in cases of:

  • Severe cardiovascular, hepatic or renal disease, GI disease, chronic alcohol abuse, asthma etc.;
  • Elderly patients;
  • Patients, who are pregnant (intake after 30 weeks gestation should be avoided);
  • Breastfeeding patients;
  • Children below age of 17 years old.

Tips

  • Take Nurofen with food or milk in case of various stomach disturbances (e.g. indigestion) occur during treatment. Please, consult your doctor if the symptoms still persist.
  • Always keep in mind to use the lowest effective dose cases when the shortest duration is consistent with condition being treated.
  • Response to various NSAIDs can be different if switching types (i.e., from naproxen to ibuprofen) That can actually improve the response time.
  • Do not hesitate to see your doctor without any delay, if you experience some difficulties while breathing, appetite loss, changes in vision, abnormal bleeding or fluid retention.
  • NSAIDs should be avoided from use during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
  • Basically, consultation with doctor is necessary before using any sort of medication during pregnancy.
  • Nurofen Ireland should be avoided in case of a history of asthma as well as hives caused by aspirin use or other NSAIDs (e.g. naproxen).