Ibuprofen – typically used for pain relief and to bring down a fever.
Used to lower temperatures, relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Effective in the relief of discomfort and pain associated with migraine and other headaches, cold and flu symptoms, rheumatic and muscular pain, period pain, backache, feverishness, dental pain and neuralgia.
What is ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug – a type of medication typically used for pain relief and to bring down a fever.
Ibuprofen is effective for mild-to-moderate pain and fever if it’s caused by inflammation. Arthritis, infection, toothache, period pain or swelling from a sprained ankle are examples of pain likely to be related to inflammation.
Always take ibuprofen tablets and capsules with food or a drink of milk to reduce the chance of an upset stomach. Do not take it on an empty stomach. As with paracetamol, always follow the instructions that come with the medicine.
What is the difference between paracetamol and ibuprofen?
The main difference between the two medications is that ibuprofen reduces inflammation, whereas paracetamol does not.
According to Hamish, there’s no advantage in taking ibuprofen or paracetamol brands such as Nurofen or Panadol over the cheaper chemist or supermarket versions.
“The main takeout is that paracetamol is safer, because of those groups that are slightly more at risk, but if there’s an inflammatory component, then you’re better off taking ibuprofen,” Hamish says.
Taking either medicine consistently over a long period isn’t wise, particularly as you get older.
“If you have pain and it’s not settling within a day or two, see a doctor for personalised advice,” Hamish advises.
Whether it’s lower back pain, a sore shoulder, sprained ankle or a migraine that keeps coming back, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to seeking help.
Please note: The tips throughout this article serve as broad information and should not replace any advice you have been given by your medical practitioner.
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