About topical ibuprofen
|Type of medicine||Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)|
|Used for||Treating pain and swelling due to strains, sprains, backache or arthritis|
|Also called||Cuprofen®, Deep Relief®, Fenbid®, Ibuderm®, Ibugel®, Ibuleve®, Ibumousse®, Ibuspray®, Nurofen®, Phorpain®|
|Available as||Cream, gel, spray and mousse|
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and works by preventing the production of irritant chemicals which cause pain and inflammation. It is used topically (which means it is applied to the skin) to ease muscular pains, sprains and strains.
Before using topical ibuprofen
Before using topical ibuprofen make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you suffer from asthma or breathing problems.
- If you have ever had an unusual reaction after taking aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as indometacin, diclofenac or naproxen.
- If you have allergy problems.
- If your skin is inflamed or broken.
- If you have severe kidney problems.
How to use topical ibuprofen
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Apply a thin layer and gently massage it into the affected area. Wash your hands well afterwards.
- Your doctor or pharmacist will recommend how often and for how long to use topical ibuprofen, but this is usually up to four times a day and for no more than 2 weeks unless on your doctor's advice.
- Do not use topical ibuprofen near your eyes, inside your nose, or let it come into contact with any inflamed or broken skin.
- Do not use on any area that is covered by a bandage, dressing or sticking plaster.
- If you forget to apply ibuprofen at your usual time, apply it as soon as you remember.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Ibuprofen may cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight during treatment. Do not use sunbeds, and protect any treated areas from strong sunlight.
Can ibuprofen topical cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Itching or reddening of the skin at the site of application||If this is severe, stop using topical ibuprofen|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store ibuprofen
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer’s PIL, Ibugel®; Manufacturer’s PIL, Ibugel®, Dermal Laboratories Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated December 2008.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 26/01/2011||Document ID: 3716 Version: 22||© EMIS|
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