Information for the user
ibuprofen 5% w/w
Read all of this leaflet carefully before using this product.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after a few weeks.
If any of the side effects get serious or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
1. What Ibuleve Mousse is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Ibuleve Mousse
3. How to use Ibuleve Mousse
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ibuleve Mousse
6. Further information
1. WHAT IBULEVE MOUSSE IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Ibuleve Mousse is an anti-inflammatory painkiller
applied to, and absorbed through, the skin.
It is for the treatment of the following conditions
involving the musculoskeletal system:
• rheumatic or muscular pain
It is also for pain relief in common arthritic
Ibuleve Mousse is recommended for use by
adults, the elderly and children over the age
of 12 years. Children under the age of 12 may
also use it if recommended by their doctor.
The active ingredient in this product is
ibuprofen. This is one of a group of medicines
known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
Ibuprofen works by:
• relieving pain
• reducing swelling and inflammation.
2. BEFORE YOU USE IBULEVE MOUSSE
Do not use Ibuleve Mousse:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ibuprofen
or any of the other ingredients of Ibuleve Mousse
listed in section 6;
• if you are asthmatic, or suffer from rhinitis
(allergic runny nose) or urticaria (hives) and
have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin,
ibuprofen or other NSAIDs in the past;
• if you are pregnant or breast-feeding;
• on broken, damaged, infected or diseased skin.
Before applying this product for the first time,
make sure it is suitable for you to use:
Because Ibuleve Mousse is delivered through the
skin, directly over the painful area, there is less risk
of the complications that sometimes occur when
ibuprofen (or a similar anti-inflammatory painkiller) is
taken by mouth. However, in rare cases you may
be at risk:
• if you have a stomach ulcer (also called a
peptic or gastric ulcer);
• if you have ever had kidney problems;
• if you have ever had asthma;
• if you have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin
or ibuprofen taken by mouth.
If any of the above apply to you, only use
this product on advice from your doctor or
Take special care when using this product:
• This product is flammable. Do not spray it near
flames or ignition sources.
• Use it only on the skin.
• Do not use it on children under 12 years old
unless advised by a doctor.
• Keep the mousse away from the eyes, nose
Using other medicines
• Interaction between Ibuleve Mousse and blood
pressure lowering drugs and anticoagulants is
possible, in theory, although very unlikely. If you
would like more advice about this, speak to your
doctor or pharmacist.
• If you are also taking aspirin or other NSAIDs by
mouth, discuss this beforehand with your doctor
or pharmacist because these may increase the
risk of undesirable effects.
• Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines including other medicines obtained
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not use Ibuleve Mousse if you are
pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machinery
Using this product is not known to affect your
ability to drive or use machinery.
Important information about one of the
ingredients of Ibuleve Mousse
The product contains a small amount of propylene
glycol. This ingredient may cause skin irritation
in a small number of people who are intolerant
to it. If your doctor has told you that you have an
intolerance to propylene glycol, please talk to your
doctor before using this product.
3. HOW TO USE IBULEVE MOUSSE
Do not spray near flames, burning cigarettes,
electric heaters or similar ignition sources.
Shake the container well before use
For adults, the elderly and children over
12 years old:
• Use the mousse up to three to four times a day,
or as often as advised by your doctor.
• Hold the can upright, then press the nozzle to
dispense the mousse into the palm of your hand.
• Gently massage the mousse into the skin over
and around the painful area.
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4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Ibuleve Mousse can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Occasionally, the temporary cooling effect of the
mousse may pale the skin temporarily. Mild skin
rashes, itching or irritation can sometimes occur
at the site of application. If this is unacceptable,
or persists, stop using the product and tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
Very rarely, the following side effects can happen
with ibuprofen, although these are extremely
uncommon with products such as Ibuleve Mousse
that are applied to the skin.
If you experience any of the following, stop
using Ibuleve Mousse immediately and tell
• Allergic reactions (particularly in people who
have a history of asthma or allergic problems),
• unexplained runny nose and watery eyes, or,
in more serious cases asthma or aggravated
asthma involving breathing difficulties,
wheezing or chest tightness;
• generalised allergic skin reactions involving
itch, swelling, inflammation, redness and
perhaps blistering and light sensitivity;
• other more serious generalised allergic
reactions possibly involving unexplained
nausea and vomiting, swollen eyes, face or
tongue, difficulty swallowing, dizziness or light headedness. Unconsciousness could perhaps
occur in the most serious cases.
• Kidney problems (particularly in people who
have a history of kidney disease), such as:
• decreased urine volume;
• loss of appetite / weight loss;
• swelling to abdomen.
• Problems with the digestive system
(particularly in people who have a history of
stomach ulcers etc), such as:
• stomach pain;
• heartburn / indigestion.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE IBULEVE MOUSSE
Keep it out of the reach and sight of children.
Always replace the cap after use.
Do not store the product above 25°C.
Protect from sunlight and do not expose
pressurised container to temperatures higher
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
base of the can and on the carton. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not pierce or burn, even when empty.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT
What Ibuleve Mousse contains:
The active ingredient is ibuprofen (5% w/w).
The other ingredients are propylene glycol,
carbomer, phenoxyethanol, diethylamine and
purified water. The ozone-friendly aerosol
propellant is butane 40.
What Ibuleve Mousse looks like and contents
of the pack
• The product is a white, cutaneous foam that
is non-sticky, non-greasy and contains no
• The mousse is available in pressurised spray
cans containing 75g.
The Marketing Authorisation holder is Diomed
Developments Limited, Tatmore Place, Gosmore,
Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7QR, UK.
The Manufacturer is Pharmasol Ltd, Andover,
Hants, SP10 5AZ, UK.
The Distributor is DDD Limited,
94 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Herts,
WD18 7JJ, UK.
This leaflet was last approved in October 2007.
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• The exact amount that you need to apply will
vary, depending on the extent and severity of
your condition, but normally 1 to 2g (1 to 2
golf-ball sized quantities of mousse dispensed
into the palm of your hand) should be enough.
• Wash hands after use, unless treating them.
• Carry on using the mousse in this way until your
condition gets better (you may find you need to
use it for a few weeks, and your doctor may
want you to continue using it for longer than this).
• If your symptoms worsen or continue for more
than a few weeks, discuss this with your doctor
before continuing treatment.
If the mousse comes into contact with broken
skin or gets into the eyes, nose or mouth
• The product may cause irritation if it comes into
contact with broken skin or gets into the eyes,
nose or mouth. If this happens, rinse the
affected areas with plenty of water. If rinsing one
eye, take care to avoid washing product into the
other eye. If irritation persists, tell your doctor or
If the mousse is accidentally swallowed
• Symptoms may include headache, vomiting,
drowsiness and low blood pressure.
• If you experience any of these symptoms
contact a doctor or hospital straight away.
If you forget to use this product
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use this
product, just carry on using it when you remember.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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