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Nurofen 200 mg Tablets


Ibuprofen 200 mg
Excipient(s) with known effect:
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1


Coated Tablet
A white to off-white, biconvex, round, sugar coated tablet printed ‘Nurofen’ in
black on one face.




Therapeutic indications
For the relief of migraine-headaches, backache, dental pain, neuralgia and
period pains as well as rheumatic and muscular pains, and pain of non-serious
arthritic conditions.
Nurofen relieves pain and reduces inflammation and temperature as well as
relieving headaches and other types of pain. It also relieves cold and flu


Posology and method of administration
For oral administration and short-term use only.
During short-term use, if symptoms persist or worsen the patient should be
advised to consult a doctor.
Adults and children and adolescents between 12 and 18 years:
The minimum effective dose should be used for the shortest time necessary to
relieve symptoms.
If in children and adolescents this medicinal product is required for more than
3 days, or if symptoms worsen a doctor should be consulted.
If in adults the product is required for more than 10 days, or if the symptoms
worsen the patient should consult a doctor.

Children and Adolescents between 12 and 18 years: Take 1 or 2 tablets with

water, up to three times a day as required.
Adults: Take 1 or 2 tablets with water, up to three times a day as required.
Leave at least four hours between doses.
Do not take more than 6 tablets in any 24 hour period.
Not for use by children under 12 years of age.


Hypersensitivity to ibuprofen or any of the excipients in the product.
Patients who have previously shown hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. asthma,
rhinitis, angioedema, or urticaria) in response to aspirin or other non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs.
Active or history of recurrent peptic ulcer/haemorrhage (two or more distinct
episodes of proven ulceration or bleeding).
History of gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation, related to previous NSAIDs
Severe heart failure, renal failure or hepatic failure (see section 4.4)
Last trimester of pregnancy


Special warnings and precautions for use
Undesirable effects may be minimised by using the lowest effective dose for
the shortest duration necessary to control symptoms (see section 4.2 and GI
and cardiovascular risks below).
The elderly have an increased frequency of adverse reactions to NSAIDs
especially gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation which may be fatal.
Bronchospasm may be precipitated in patients suffering from, or with a
previous history of, bronchial asthma or allergic disease.
Other NSAIDs:
The use of Ibuprofen with concomitant NSAIDs including cyclooxygenase-2
selective inhibitors should be avoided (see section 4.5).
SLE and mixed connective tissue disease:
Systemic lupus erythematosus as well as those with mixed connective tissue
disease – increased risk of aseptic meningitis (see section 4.8)
Renal impairment as renal function may further deteriorate (see sections 4.3
and 4.8).
There is a risk of renal impairment in dehydrated children and adolescents
Hepatic dysfunction (see sections 4.3 and 4.8)

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular effects:
Caution (discussion with doctor or pharmacist) is required prior to starting
treatment in patients with a history of hypertension and/or heart failure as fluid
retention, hypertension and oedema have been reported in association with
NSAID therapy.
Clinical trial and epidemiological data suggest that use of ibuprofen,
particularly at high doses (2400mg daily) and in long-term treatment may be
associated with a small increased risk of arterial thrombotic events (for
example myocardial infarction or stroke). Overall, epidemiological studies do
not suggest that low dose ibuprofen (e.g. ≤1200mg daily) is associated with an
increased risk of myocardial infarction.
Impaired female fertility:
There is limited evidence that drugs which inhibit cyclo-oxygenase/
prostaglandin synthesis may cause impairment of female fertility by an effect
on ovulation. This is reversible upon withdrawal of treatment.
NSAIDs should be given with care to patients with a history of gastrointestinal
disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease) as these conditions may be
exacerbated (see section 4.8).
GI bleeding, ulceration or perforation, which can be fatal has been reported
with all NSAIDs at anytime during treatment, with or without warning
symptoms or a previous history of GI events.
The risk of GI bleeding, ulceration or perforation is higher with increasing
NSAID doses, in patients with a history of ulcer, particularly if complicated
with haemorrhage or perforation (see section 4.3), and in the elderly. These
patients should commence treatment on the lowest dose available.
Patients with a history of GI toxicity, particularly the elderly, should report
any unusual abdominal symptoms (especially GI bleeding) particularly in the
initial stages of treatment.
Caution should be advised in patients receiving concomitant medications
which could increase the risk of ulceration or bleeding, such as oral
corticosteroids, anticoagulants such as warfarin, selective serotonin-reuptake
inhibitors or anti-platelet agents such as aspirin (see section 4.5).
When GI bleeding or ulceration occurs in patients receiving ibuprofen, the
treatment should be withdrawn.
Serious skin reactions, some of them fatal, including exfoliative dermatitis,
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis, have been
reported very rarely in association with the use of NSAIDs (see section 4.8).
Patients appear to be at highest risk for these reactions early in the course of
therapy: the onset of the reaction occurring in the majority of cases within the
first month of treatment. Ibuprofen should be discontinued at the first
appearance of skin rash, mucosal lesions, or any other sign of hypersensitivity.
Advice for patients with sugar-related disorders:

Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucosegalactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take
this medicine.
Advice for patients on a controlled sodium diet:
This medicinal product contains 1.1 mmol (or 25.3 mg) of sodium per 2 doses
(2 tablets). To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium
The leaflet will include:
The quantity of sodium contained in 2 tablets is approximately 1.1mmol, ie
about 25.3 mg. This quantity is to be taken into consideration by patients on a
controlled sodium diet.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
The label will include:
Read the enclosed leaflet before taking this product
Do not take if you:
• have (or have had two or more episodes of ) a stomach ulcer, perforation
or bleeding

are allergic to ibuprofen, to any of the ingredients, or to aspirin or other
related painkillers

are taking other NSAID pain killers or aspirin with a daily dose above

Speak to a pharmacist or your doctor before taking if you:
• have or have had asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a
stroke, heart, liver, kidney or bowel problems

Are a smoker

Are pregnant

If symptoms persist or worsen, or if new symptoms occur, consult your doctor
or pharmacist.


Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Ibuprofen (like other NSAIDs) should be avoided in combination with:
Aspirin: unless low-dose aspirin (not above 75mg daily) has been advised by
a doctor as this may increase the risk of adverse reactions (see Section 4.4).
Experimental data suggest that ibuprofen may inhibit the effect of low dose
aspirin on platelet aggregation when they are dosed concomitantly. However,
the limitations of these data and the uncertainties regarding extrapolation of ex
vivo data to the clinical situation imply that no firm conclusions can be made
for regular ibuprofen use, and no clinically relevant effect is considered to be
likely for occasional ibuprofen use (see section 5.1).

Other NSAIDs including cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitors: Avoid
concomitant use of two or more NSAIDs as this may increase the risk of
adverse effects (see section 4.4)
Ibuprofen should be used with caution in combination with:
Corticosteroids: as these may increase the risk of gastrointestinal ulceration
or bleeding (see Section 4.4)
Antihypertensives and diuretics: since NSAIDs may diminish the effects of
these drugs. In some patients with compromised renal function (e.g.
dehydrated patients or elderly patients with compromised renal function) the
co-administration of an ACE inhibitor or Angiotensin II antagonist and agents
that inhibit cyclo-oxygenase may result in further deterioration of renal
function, including possible acute renal failure, which is usually reversible.
These interactions should be considered in patients taking a coxib
concomitantly with ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II antagonists. Therefore,
the combination should be administered with caution, especially in the elderly.
Patients should be adequately hydrated and consideration should be given to
monitoring of renal function after initiation of concomitant therapy, and
periodically thereafter. Diuretics can increase the risk of nephrotoxicity of
Anticoagulants: NSAIDs may enhance the effects of anti-coagulants, such as
warfarin (See section 4.4).
Ant-platelet agents and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs):
increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding (see section 4.4).
Cardiac glycosides: NSAIDs may exacerbate cardiac failure, reduce GFR and
increase plasma glycoside levels.
Lithium: There is evidence for potential increase in plasma levels of lithium.
Methotrexate: There is evidence for the potential increase in plasma levels of
Ciclosporin: Increased risk of nephrotoxicity.
Mifepristone: NSAIDs should not be used for 8-12 days after mifepristone
administration as NSAIDs can reduce the effect of mifepristone.
Tacrolimus: Possible increased risk of nephrotoxicity when NSAIDs are
given with tacrolimus.
Zidovudine: Increased risk of haematological toxicity when NSAIDs are
given with zidovudine. There is evidence of an increased risk haemarthroses
and haematoma in HIV (+) haemophiliacs receiving concurrent treatment with
zidovudine and ibuprofen.
Quinolone antibiotics: Animal data indicate that NSAIDs can increase the
risk of convulsions associated with quinolone antibiotics. Patients taking
NSAIDs and quinolones may have an increased risk of developing


Pregnancy and lactation
Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis may adversely affect the pregnancy
and/or the embryo/foetal development. Data from epidemiological studies
suggest an increased risk of miscarriage and of cardiac malformation and
gastroschisis after use of a prostaglandin synthesis inhibitor in early
pregnancy. The absolute risk for cardiovascular malformation was increased
from less than 1%, up to approximately 1.5%. The risk is believed to increase
with dose and duration of therapy. In animals, administration of a
prostaglandin synthesis inhibitor has been shown to result in increased preand post-implantation loss and embryfoetal lethality. In addition, increased
incidences of various malformations, including cardiovascular, have been
reported in animals given a prostaglandin synthesis inhibitor during the
organogenetic period. During the first and second trimester of pregnancy,
Nurofen should not be given unless clearly necessary. If Nurofen is used by a
woman attempting to conceive, or during the first and second trimester of
pregnancy, the dose should be kept as low and duration of treatment as short
as possible.
During the third trimester of pregnancy, all prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors
may expose the foetus to:
- cardiopulmonary toxicity (with premature closure of the ductus arteriosus
and pulmonary hypertension);
- renal dysfunction, which may progress to renal failure with
the mother and the neonate, at the end of the pregnancy, to:
- possible prolongation of bleeding time, an anti-aggregating effect which may
occur even at very low doses;
- inhibition of uterine contractions resulting in delayed or prolonged labour.
Consequently, Nurofen is contraindicated during the third trimester of
In limited studies, ibuprofen appears in the breast milk in very low
concentration and is unlikely to affect the breast-fed infant adversely.
See section 4.4 regarding female fertility.


Effects on ability to drive and use machines
None expected at recommended dose and duration of therapy.

Undesirable effects
Adverse events which have been associated with Ibuprofen are given below, listed by
system organ class and frequency. Frequencies are defined as: very common ( 1/10),
common ( 1/100 to <1/10), uncommon ( 1/1000 to <1/100), rare ( 1/10,000 to
<1/1000), very rare (<1/10,000) and not known (cannot be estimated from the


available data). Within each frequency grouping, adverse events are presented in
order of decreasing seriousness.
The list of the following adverse events relates to those experienced with ibuprofen at
OTC doses for short-term use. In the treatment of chronic conditions, under long-term
treatment, additional adverse events may occur.
The adverse events observed most often are gastrointestinal in nature. Adverse events
are mostly dose-dependent, in particular the risk of occurrence of gastrointestinal
bleeding is dependent on the dosage range and duration of treatment.
Clinical trial and epidemiological data suggest that use of ibuprofen (particularly at
high doses 2400mg daily) and in long-term treatment may be associated with a small
increased risk of arterial thrombotic events (for example myocardial infarction or
stroke), (see section 4.4).
System Organ Class

Very rare:

Adverse Event
pancytopenia, agranulocytosis).
First signs are: fever, sore throat, superficial
mouth ulcers, flu-like symptoms, severe
exhaustion, unexplained bleeding and
Hypersensitivity reactions consisting of1:


Urticaria and pruritus

Very rare

Severe hypersensitivity reactions.
Symptoms could be facial, tongue and
laryngeal swelling, dyspnoea, tachycardia,
hypotension (anaphylaxis, angioedema or
severe shock).

Not Known

Respiratory tract reactivity comprising
asthma, aggravated asthma, bronchospasm
or dyspnoea.



Very rare

Aseptic meningitis2

Cardiac Disorders

Not Known

Cardiac failure and oedema

Vascular Disorders

Not Known




Abdominal pain, nausea, dyspepsia


Diarrhoea, flatulence, constipation and

Blood and Lymphatic
System Disorders

Immune System

Nervous System

Very rare

Peptic ulcer, perforation or gastrointestinal
haemorrhage, melaena, haematemesis,
sometimes fatal, particularly in the elderly.
Ulcerative stomatitis, gastritis

Not Known
Hepatobiliary Disorders

Very rare

Exacerbation of colitis and Crohn's disease
(section 4.4).
Liver disorders

Skin and Subcutaneous
Tissue Disorders


Various skin rashes

Very rare

Severe forms of skin reactions such as
bullous reactions including StevensJohnson syndrome, erythema multiforme
and toxic epidermal necrolysis can occur.

Very rare

Acute renal failure, papillary necrosis,
especially in long-term use, associated with
increased serum urea and oedema.

Not Known

Renal insufficiency

Very rare

Decreased haemoglobin levels

Renal and Urinary Disorders


Description of Selected Adverse Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported following treatment with ibuprofen.
These may consist of (a) non-specific allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, (b)
respiratory tract activity comprising asthma, aggravated asthma, bronchospasm,
dyspnoea or (c) assorted skin disorders, including rashes of various types pruritus,
urticaria, purpura, angioedema and more rarely exfoliative and bullous dermatoses
(including epidermal necrolysis and erythema multiforme).


The pathogenic mechanism of drug-Induced aseptic meningitis is not fully
understood. However, the available data on NSAID-related aseptic meningitis points
to a hypersensitivity reaction (due to a temporal relationship with drug intake, and
disappearance of symptoms after drug discontinuation). Of note, single cases of
symptoms of aseptic meningitis (such as stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever
or disorientation) have been observed during treatment with ibuprofen, in patients
with existing auto-immune disorders (such as systemic lupus erythematosus, mixed
connective tissue disease).


In children ingestion of more than 400 mg/kg may cause symptoms. In adults
the dose response effect is less clear cut. The half-life in overdose is 1.5-3

Most patients who have ingested clinically important amounts of NSAIDs will
develop no more than nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, or more rarely
diarrhoea. Tinnitus, headache and gastrointestinal bleeding are also possible.
In more serious poisoning, toxicity is seen in the central nervous system,
manifesting as drowsiness, occasionally excitation and disorientation or coma.
Occasionally patients develop convulsions. In serious poisoning metabolic
acidosis may occur and the prothrombin time/ INR may be prolonged,
probably due to interference with the actions of circulating clotting factors.
Acute renal failure and liver damage may occur. Exacerbation of asthma is
possible in asthmatics.
Management should be symptomatic and supportive and include the
maintenance of a clear airway and monitoring of cardiac and vital signs until
stable. Consider oral administration of activated charcoal if the patient
presents within 1 hour of ingestion of a potentially toxic amount. If frequent or
prolonged, convulsions should be treated with intravenous diazepam or
lorazepam. Give bronchodilators for asthma.




Pharmacodynamic properties
ATC Code: M01AE01
Ibuprofen is a propionic acid derivative NSAID that has demonstrated its
efficacy by inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. In humans, ibuprofen
reduces inflammatory pain, swellings and fever. Furthermore, ibuprofen
reversibly inhibits platelet aggregation.
Experimental data suggest that ibuprofen may inhibit the effect of low dose
aspirin on platelet aggregation when they are dosed concomitantly. In one
study, when a single dose of ibuprofen 400mg was taken within 8 h before or
within 30 min after immediate release aspirin dosing (81mg), a decreased
effect of ASA on the formation of thromboxane or platelet aggregation
occurred. However, the limitations of these data and the uncertainties
regarding extrapolation of ex vivo data to the clinical situation imply that no
firm conclusions can be made for regular ibuprofen use, and no clinically
relevant effect is considered to be likely for occasional ibuprofen use.


Pharmacokinetic properties
Ibuprofen is rabidly absorbed following administration and is rapidly
distributed throughout the whole body. The excretion is rapid and complete
via the kidneys.
Maximum plasma concentrations are reached 45 minutes after ingestion if
taken on an empty stomach. When taken with food, peak levels are observed
after 1 to 2 hours. These times may vary with different dosage forms.

Elimination half-life is approximately 2 hours.
In limited studies, ibuprofen appears in the breast milk in very low


Preclinical safety data
No relevant information, additional to that contained elsewhere in the SPC.




List of excipients

Tablet Core
Croscarmellose Sodium
Sodium Laurilsulfate
Sodium Citrate
Stearic Acid
Colloidal Anhydrous Silica
Sugar coat ingredients
Carmellose Sodium
French Chalk for Tablets (Talc)
Acacia Spray Dried
Titanium Dioxide
Macrogol 6000
Tablet printing
Black Printing Ink (solids)1

Black Printing Ink contains shellac, Iron oxide black (E172) and propylene


Not applicable


Shelf life
24 months


Special precautions for storage
PVC blister pack only – Do not store above 25ºC
Store in the original pack


Nature and contents of container
The tablets will be packed in blisters consisting of:
Push through laminate consisting of opaque, white 250 micron PVC heatsealed to 20 micron aluminium foil
Push through laminate consisting of opaque, white 250 micron PVC with 40
gsm PVdC, heat-sealed to 20 micron aluminium foil.
The blisters are contained in a cardboard carton
2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24, 28, 32, 48 or 84 tablets.
Not all packs will be marketed.
High density polyethylene bottle with a child resistant cap that is internally
wadded with expanded polyethylene. 96 tablets.


Special precautions for disposal
Not applicable


Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd


PL 00063/0388





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