Ibuprofen is a type of NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) which reduces hormones that cause body pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen 800mg is used for the treatment of fever, inflammation or pain caused by certain conditions such as toothache, headache, arthritis, back pain, minor injury, or menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen can also be used for reasons not included in the drug guide.
How is Ibuprofen 800mg taken ?
Using Ibuprofen 800mg is never complicated. Take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your health care provider or as directed on the label. Never use more than what is recommended, be it in decreased or increased amounts. Ibuprofen 80 mg is the maximum amount for adults that can be taken as a single dose. Meanwhile, the maximum intake in a day is 3200 mg or equivalent to 4 doses.
Never use Ibuprofen 800mg on an empty stomach. Take it with food or milk to minimize upset in the stomach. For suspensions, before measuring a dose, shake well the liquid suspension. In order for you to be sure in getting the correct dose, use a calibrated medicine cup or measuring spoon and not your regular table spoon. You can request the pharmacist for one if you do not have any marked measuring device.
For chewable Ibuprofen 800mg tablets, chew the drug first before swallowing it. If you are using this drug on a long-term basis, get regular check-ups by your health care provider to make sure that you are not affected by the drug’s harmful effects. Never miss your scheduled check-ups by your physician.
In addition, the drug must be stored away from heat and moisture at room temperature. Liquid suspensions must never be allowed to freeze.
Missing a dose
Ibuprofen is usually taken only when necessary and you might not be placed on a dosing schedule. However, if you are regularly taking the drug, take the missed medicine as soon as possible. If your next intake is almost close, skip the missed drug. Remember to not take increased doses. In the contrary to missing a dose, overdose of ibuprofen might also occur. Symptoms of overdose include stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, bloody or black stools, drowsiness, coughing up blood, fainting, difficulty breathing, or even coma.
Contraindications to taking Ibuprofen
You should never take ibuprofen if you are on aspirin to avoid heart attack or stroke. This is because ibuprofen decreases aspirin’s affectivity in protecting the blood vessels and heart. If you are required to take the two drugs together, take ibuprofen 8 hours prior to or 30 minutes after taking the non-enteric coated form of aspirin. Consult your doctor first before taking other pain, cold, or allergy medications. Other NSAIDs and ibuprofen are available as many medicine combinations. That is why it is important to ask your physician before using them because using some combined products may increase the total dosage of ibuprofen. Checking the medicine label is also essential to determine whether the drug contains NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, or ketoprofen. Drinking alcohol while on ibuprofen might also increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach.
Never use Ibuprofen 800mg if you have allergies to aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. Consult a physician or pharmacist before taking if you have: Asthma, a history of blood clot, stroke, or heart attack, polyps in the nose, cardiac disease, high blood pressure or congestive heart failure, liver or renal disease, history of bleeding or stomach ulcers, smoking habit, bleeding disorder or SLE or systemic lupus erythematosus.
Taking Ibuprofen 800mg is also contraindicated during last trimester of pregnancy as it may pose danger to the baby. Consult your health care provider before using ibuprofen if you are pregnant or planning to conceive. Moreover, never use this drug if you are nursing your baby. Giving this medicine to your child also needs advice from your doctor.
Side effects of Ibuprofen 800mg
While the use of Ibuprofen can treat certain conditions, taking it long-term can be life-threatening since it causes heart or circulatory problems such as stroke or heart attack. Using Ibuprofen 800mg is contraindicated before or after undergoing heart bypass surgery. Call for medical attention immediately if you experience weakness, chest pain, and slurred speech, shortness of breath, vitiligo or vision problems. This drug might also cause serious effects on the intestines or stomach such as perforation (or hole formation), ulceration, or bleeding. These conditions might be life-threatening and can happen without a signal while you are taking Ibuprofen 800mg.
Immediately call your health care provider if you experience symptoms of bleeding in the stomach such as bloody, black, or tarry stools, or coughing and vomiting of blood that is similar to coffee grounds. Never take this drug in more than the recommended amounts. Ibuprofen 800mg overdose may damage your intestines and stomach.