ASDA INFANTS & CHILDRENS IBUPROFEN SUSPENSION
Active substance(s): IBUPROFEN / IBUPROFEN / IBUPROFEN
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read this leaflet carefully because it contains
This medicine is available without prescription for you to
treat a mild illness in your child without a doctors help.
Nevertheless you still need to use this medicine carefully to
get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information
• You must contact a doctor or pharmacist if your
child’s symptoms worsen or do not improve.
IN THIS LEAFLET:
1. What this medicine is for
2. Before you give this medicine
3. How to give this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing the medicine
6. Further information
WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS FOR
Asda Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension contains
ibuprofen, which belongs to a group of medicines called
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These
medicines work by changing how the body responds to
pain, swelling and high temperature.
This medicine is used to relieve:
• Fever (high temperature) including post immunisation
fever at 2 months
• Mild to moderate pain including headache, sore
throat, teething pain and toothache, cold and flu
symptoms and minor aches and sprains.
BEFORE YOU GIVE THIS MEDICINE
Do not give Asda Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen
Suspension to children who:
• have or have had a stomach ulcer, perforation or
bleeding of the stomach
• are allergic to ibuprofen, to any of the ingredients
(listed in section 6), or to aspirin or other painkillers (an
allergic reaction may be recognised as shortness of
breath, runny nose, skin rash or itching)
• have kidney or heart failure or severe liver failure
• are taking more than 75mg of aspirin a day.
Warnings and precautions
Anti-inflammatory / pain-killer medicines like ibuprofen may
be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack or
stroke, particularly when used at high doses. Do not
exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment.
You should discuss your child's treatment with your
doctor or pharmacist before giving Asda Infant's and
Children's Ibuprofen Suspension to children who:
• have or have suffered from asthma or have allergies
• have liver or kidney problems
• have stomach or bowel disorders including Crohn’s
disease or a condition known as ulcerative colitis
• have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – an illness
which affects your immune system. It causes joint pains,
skin changes and problems with other parts of your body
• have heart problems including heart failure, angina
(chest pain), or if they have had a heart attack, bypass
surgery, peripheral artery disease (poor circulation in the
legs or feet due to narrow or blocked arteries), or any
kind of stroke (including 'mini-stroke' or transient
ischaemic attack "TIA")
• have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol,
have a family history of heart disease or stroke.
Children and adolescents:
There is a risk of renal impairment in dehydrated children
Other medicines and Asda Infant's and Children's
You must not give this medicine if they are taking certain
other medicines - see section 2 ‘Do not give Asda Infant’s
and Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension to children who:’.
Asda Infant's and Children's Ibuprofen Suspension may affect
or may be affected by some other medicines. For example:
• medicines that are anti-coagulants (i.e. thin blood/prevent
clotting e.g. aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid, warfarin, ticlopidine)
• medicines that reduce high blood pressure (ACE-inhibitors
such as captopril, beta-blockers such as atenolol medicines,
angiotensin-II receptor antagonists such as losartan)
• methotrexate (a medicine for cancer)
• cardiac glycosides (medicines used to treat heart failure)
• cyclosporin and tacrolimus (immunosuppressant
medicines often used following organ transplants)
• mifepristone (a medicine used to terminate pregnancy –
NSAIDs should not be used for 12 days after mifepristone)
• lithium (for depression or mental problems)
• zidovudine (a medicine to treat viruses)
• quinolone antibiotics (medicines used to treat bacterial
Some other medicines may also affect or be affected by
the treatment of Asda Infant's and Children's Ibuprofen
Suspension. You should therefore always seek the advice
of your doctor or pharmacist before you give Asda Infant's
and Children's Ibuprofen Suspension with other medicines.
If you are an adult taking this medicine you should
be aware of all the above factors and additionally
you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:
• are a smoker
• are elderly, as there may be an increased risk of side effects.
Pregnancy and Breast feeding
Do not take Asda Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen
Suspension if you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor before taking Asda Infant’s and
Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension if you are in the first 6
months of pregnancy or are breastfeeding.
Asda Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension belong
to a group of medicines which may affect fertility in women.
Fertility goes back to normal when you stop taking the
medicine. It is unlikely that if you only take this Ibuprofen
suspension occasionally it will affect your chances of
becoming pregnant. If you have problems becoming
pregnant talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients
of this medicine.
This product contains liquid maltitol (E965). If you have
been told by your doctor that your child may have an
intolerance to some sugars, talk to your doctor before
your child takes this medicinal product. May have a mild
laxative effect. Each 5ml measure contains 1.375g of
liquid maltitol (equivalent to 3.2 kcal per 5ml of the medicine).
This product also contains sodium methylparahydroxybenzoate
(E219) and sodium propylparahydroxybenzoate (E217). These
ingredients may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
Further information overleaf ➥
HOW TO GIVE THIS MEDICINE
Check the seal is not broken or the sachet is intact
before first use. Shake thoroughly or massage the
sachet to mix the contents. Give this medicine using
the measuring spoon provided. For oral use.
Do not give to a child weighing less than 5kg:
Children over 7 years:
Two 5ml spoonfuls to be
given 3 times a day.
Children 4 to 7 years:
One 5ml spoonful plus one
2.5ml spoonful (7.5ml) to be
given 3 times a day.
Children 1 to 4 years:
One 5ml spoonful to be
given 3 times a day.
Infants 6 months to
One 2.5ml spoonful to be
given 3-4 times a day.
If your child’s symptoms persist for more than 3 days, or
if new symptoms occur, talk to your doctor.
Babies 3 to 6 months:
One 2.5ml spoonful to be
given 3 times a day.
Do not give to babies aged 3 to 6 months for more
than 24 hours.
Doses should usually be given every 6 – 8 hours,
preferably with or after food.
Do not give more often than every 4 hours.
Do not exceed 4 doses in any 24 hour period.
Do not give to children under 3 months except for
post-immunisation fever: one 2.5ml spoonful may be
given followed by one further 2.5ml spoonful 6 hours
later if necessary. No more than 2 doses should be given
in 24 hours. If fever is not reduced, talk to your doctor.
For short-term use only.
DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE
If your child takes too much medicine: Talk to a doctor
straight away or go to your nearest hospital casualty
department. Take the carton, this leaflet and any remaining
medicine with you.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Most people take Asda Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen
Suspension without any problems, but it can have side
effects, like all medicines. To reduce the chance of side
effects, especially in the elderly, use the lowest effective
dose for the shortest possible time.
If your child gets any of the following at any time
during the treatment STOP GIVING, and get medical
help straight away:
The following reactions may mean you are having an
allergic reaction to this medicine:
• asthma, worsening of asthma, unexplained wheezing
or shortness of breath
• swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat (causing
difficulty in swallowing or breathing)
• rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, collapse
• also, there may be skin reaction (including hives, rash
and itching) – very rarely these can be severe with
blistering and peeling skin.
Stomach and bowel problems including:
• indigestion or heartburn
• pains in their stomach (abdomen) or other abnormal
• pass blood in their stools or motions
• pass black tarry stools or motions
• vomit any blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds
• worsening of bowel problems (ulcerative colitis or
Blood disorders which can cause:
• unexplained or unusual bruising or bleeding
• sore throat or mouth ulcers
• fever (high temperature)
• extreme paleness or weakness and exhaustion.
Heart and circulation effects: Medicines such as Asda
Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension may be
associated with a small increased risk of heart attack
(myocardial infarction), high blood pressure, heart failure,
swelling due to fluid build-up (oedema) or stroke.
Other side effects that may occur include:
Other stomach and intestine effects including:
• diarrhoea, flatulence, constipation and vomiting.
Liver problems that might be indicated by yellowing of the skin
and eyes (jaundice) and/or pale coloured stools and dark urine.
Kidney problems that might be indicated by passing less
or more urine than normal, cloudy urine, blood in the urine,
pain in the back and/or swelling (particularly of the legs) –
very rarely kidney failure.
Nervous system problems including headache and aseptic
meningitis (which can have symptoms such as severe headache,
stiff neck, disorientation, fever and eye sensitivity to light in
those with existing auto-immune disorders such as lupus).
Reporting of side effects
If you or your child gets any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
STORING THE MEDICINE
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the pack.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original container.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
What is in this medicine:
The active ingredient is: Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml
The other ingredients are: Sodium
Methylparahydroxybenzoate (E219), Sodium
Propylparahydroxybenzoate (E217), Citric Acid Anhydrous,
Saccharin Sodium, Sodium Benzoate, (E211), Dispersible
Cellulose, Juicy Orange Flavour, Polysorbate 80, Liquid
Maltitol (E965), Xanthan Gum, Purified Water
What this medicine looks like and contents of the pack:
Asda Infant’s and Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension is a white
opaque smooth suspension available in sachets containing
a 5ml dose which are packed into cartons containing 10 or
20 sachets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Galpharm Healthcare Ltd.,
Wrafton, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer: Galpharm International Ltd., Elmhirst Park,
Middle Field Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4LS,
Text revised: November 2015.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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