How to Use Ibuprofen also known as Brufen Properly
This is a drug used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, fever and inflammation.
The pain is brought about by a body compound known as prostaglandin, the brufen therefore acts by inhibiting the enzyme that produces the prostaglandins known as cyclooxygenase reducing the intensity of pain, inflammation and fever.
Preparation of Ibuprofen or Brufen
The drug comes in form of tablets ranging from
chewable pills are in 50mg and 100mg preparations,
oral suspensions come in form of 100mg/2.5ml
injectables are in 75-100mg preparations
How to use Ibuprofen or Brufen
For minor pains and menstrual cramps: usually 200mg and 400mg are taken after every 4 hours depending on the severity of pain
in arthritis pain doses of 800mg are taken after every 3 hours
in fever that is caused by several diseases 200mg oral suspension for the children is taken after every 8 hours
injectables are only reserved for severe or very severe pain such like the pain experienced after surgery
Storage of Ibuprofen or Brufen
it should be kept at room temperature of 23 degrees and away from the rich of children
Side effects of Ibuprofen or brufen
1.Gastric ulcers: prolonged use causes erosion of the inner lining of the stomach leading to ulcers
2.Kidney failure: It hinders effective blood supply to the kidneys leading to subsequent kidney failure.
Caution: It is highly advised that patients avoid taking brufen on an empty stomach due to its gastric side effects,
It is also highly advised to avoid brufen during pregnancy as it causes premature closure of the fetus ductus arteriosus(opening in the heart that directs blood to the lungs)
Though this is a pain relieving drug, Ibuprofen has side effects and therefore guidance should be sort from your physician as to the appropriate application.
Patients should avoid self medicating and instead rely on professional guidance on health matters.
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