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GALPHARM MIGRAINE RELIEF
Active substance(s): IBUPROFEN
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read this leaflet carefully because it contains
important information for you.
• 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
symptoms worsen or do not improve.
IN THIS LEAFLET:
1. What this medicine is for
2. Before you take the medicine
3. How to take the medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing the medicine
6. Further information
WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS FOR
Galpharm Migraine Relief 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:
• rheumatic and muscular pain, backache
• neuralgia (nerve pain)
• headache, migraine
• dental pain, period pain
• fever (high temperature)
• the symptoms of colds and flu.
BEFORE YOU TAKE THE MEDICINE
Do not take Galpharm Migraine Relief if you:
• 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
• are in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
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 treatment with your
doctor or pharmacist before taking Galpharm
Migraine Relief if you:
• are elderly because you may be at more risk of
having serious side effects, particularly stomach
• 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 you 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 or 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, or if you are a smoker.
Children and adolescents:
There is a risk of renal impairment in dehydrated
Other medicines and Galpharm Migraine Relief
You must not take these capsules if you are taking
certain other medicines - see section 2 ‘Do not
take Galpharm Migraine Relief if’.
Galpharm Migraine Relief 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 (ACEinhibitors 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
• 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
Some other medicines may also affect or be
affected by the treatment of Galpharm Migraine
Relief. You should therefore always seek the advice
of your doctor or pharmacist before you use
Galpharm Migraine Relief with other medicines.
Pregnancy and Breast feeding
Do not take Galpharm Migraine Relief if you are in
the last 3 months of pregnancy. Talk to your doctor
before taking Galpharm Migraine Relief if you are in
the first 6 months of pregnancy or are breastfeeding.
Galpharm Migraine Relief 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
these capsules occasionally it will affect your
chances of becoming pregnant. If you have
problems becoming pregnant talk to your doctor
before taking this medicine.
HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICINE
Take 1 to 2 capsules up to 3 times a
day, as required. Swallow capsules
with a glass of water preferably with
or after food. Do not take more
often than every 4 hours. Do not
exceed 6 capsules in 24 hours.
In Adults: Do not take Galpharm Migraine Relief for
longer than 10 days unless your doctor tells you to.
Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you do not get
better or get worse, or if new symptoms occur.
In Children and Adolescents between 12 and 18
years: If in children and adolescents this medicinal
product is required for more than 3 days, or if
symptoms worsen, a doctor should be consulted.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
If you take too many capsules:
Talk to a doctor straight away, or go to your nearest
hospital casualty department. Take the carton and
this leaflet with you.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Most people take Galpharm Migraine Relief without
any problems, but it can have side effects, like all
To reduce the chance of side effects, especially if
you are elderly, use the lowest effective dose for the
shortest possible time.
If you get any of the following at any time
during your treatment STOP TAKING, 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 your stomach (abdomen) or other
abnormal stomach problems
• pass blood in your stools or motions
• pass black tarry stools or motions
• vomit any blood or dark particles that look like
• worsening of bowel problems (ulcerative colitis or
Blood disorders which can cause:
• unexplained or unusual bruising or bleeding
Galpharm Migraine Relief
Dose and how often to take
• This medicine is for short-term use only
• Take the lowest dose for the shortest time necessary
Further information overleaf ➥
• sore throat or mouth ulcers
• fever (high temperature)
• extreme paleness or weakness and exhaustion.
Heart and circulation effects: Medicines such as
Galpharm Migraine Relief 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 autoimmune disorders such as lupus).
Reporting of side effects
If you get 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 200mg per
The other ingredients are: Maize Starch,
Methylcellulose , Magnesium Stearate, Gelatin,
Erythrosine (E172), Titanium Dioxide (E171), Black
Iron Oxide (E172), Shellac, Propylene Glycol.
What this medicine looks like and contents of
Galpharm Migraine Relief are white and pink
capsules printed with “IBU 200”.
This pack contains 16 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Galpharm Healthcare Ltd., Wrafton, Braunton,
Devon, EX33 2DL, United Kingdom.
Galpharm International Ltd., Elmhirst Park,
Middle Field Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire,
S75 4LS, United Kingdom.
Text revised: April 2016.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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