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LIBROFEM TABLETS

Active substance(s): IBUPROFEN

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

LIBROFEM 200 mg TABLETS
(Ibuprofen)

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take Librofem Tablets 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 or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in th is leaflet, please tell your doctor
or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Librofem Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Librofem Tablets
3. How to take Librofem Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Librofem Tablets
6. Further information
1.

WHAT LIBROFEM TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR

The name of your medicine is Librofem 200mg Tablets. They contain the active ingredient called Ibuprofen.
Ibuprofen belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines
are painkillers and reduce inflammation.
Librofem 200mg Tablets are used for:
• Rheumatic or muscular pain
• Pain of non-serious arthritic conditions (characterized by pain and stiffness in your body)
• Back pain
• Neuralgia (painful disorder of the nerves)
• Headache including migraine
• Toothache
• Period pain
• Feverishness
• Symptoms of cold & influenza
2.

BEFORE YOU TAKE LIBROFEM TABLETS

Do not take Librofem Tablets if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to Ibuprofen or any of the other ingredients of Librofem Tablets. See section 6.
• are allergic to Aspirin or other NSAIDs, like cyclooxygenase-2 specific inhibitor.
• suffer from asthma, especially if you also have frequent stuffed or runny nose or swelling of the inside of the nose.
• have swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
• develop hives (red and sometimes itchy bumps) on your skin after taking this medicine, Aspirin or any other
NSAIDs.
• suffer from severe liver, kidney or heart disease. Medicines such as Librofem Tablets may be associated with a small
increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”) or stroke. Any risk is more likely with high doses and
prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment. If you have heart problems,
previous stroke or think that you might be at risk of these conditions (for example if you have high blood pressure,
diabetes or high cholesterol or are a smoker) you should discuss your treatment with your doctor or pharmacist.
• have ever had a peptic ulcer (ulcer in your stomach or duodenum).
• have ever had bleeding in your digestive tract.
• get blurred or poorer vision, blind spots, or changes in colour vision.
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Take special care with Librofem Tablets if you:
• have a previous history of bronchial asthma or allergic disease.
• suffer from heart, liver or kidney problems
There is a risk of renal impairment in dehydrated adolescents.
• suffer from high blood pressure
• have or ever had Crohn’s disease (inflammation of the digestive system) or ulcerative colitis (disease that causes
ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon)
• are having surgery, including dental surgery
Taking other medicines
You should tell your doctor if you are taking or have taken any of the following medicines as they may interact with
your Librofem Tablets.
Examples of medicines that can affect Librofem Tablets are:
• Anti-inflammatory pain killers
• Aspirin
• Warfarin to prevent blood clots
• Lithium to stabilise, normalise or even-out mood swings
• Medicines for high blood pressure
• Diuretics (water tablets)
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ibuprofen belongs to a group of medicines which may lower your chances of becoming pregnant. Do not take this
medicinal product if you are in the last three months of pregnancy.
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, you plan to become pregnant, or you are breast-feeding. If you become
pregnant while taking ibuprofen, call your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Librofem 200mg Tablets
This medicinal product contains Sucrose & Lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance
to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3.

HOW TO TAKE LIBROFEM TABLETS

Always take Librofem Tablets exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure. Swallow the tablets with water during or after meals.
The usual dose is:
Adults and children over 12 years:
The starting dose is 2 tablets, taken with a glass of water then 1-2 tablets every four hours. Do not take more than six
tablets in any 24 hour period. The risk of side effects is greater in the elderly, so your doctor will give you the lowest
dose possible, and take special care of you.
Children below 12 years: Not recommended.
Librofem Tablets are for short term use only. Take the lowest dose for the shortest time necessary to relieve your
symptoms. Continuous use should not exceed 48 hours.
If in adolescent (between 12 and 18 years) this medicinal product is required for more than 3 days, or if symptoms
worsen a doctor should be consulted.

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Ibuprofen may be associated with a small increase risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”) or stroke. Any risk is
more likely with high doses and prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment.
If you take more Librofem Tablets than you should
If you or someone you know accidentally takes a lot more than the stated dose (an overdose), you should contact a
doctor immediately or go to the nearest A&E department.
If you forget to take Librofem Tablets
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take a
double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Librofem Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If any of the following happens, stop taking Librofem Tablets and tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest
hospital emergency department:
• Rare allergic (hypersensitive) reactions such as difficulty of breathing, wheezing or dizziness
• Skin reactions including paling of skin, rash, itching, hives, blisters, blood spots, swelling of the skin with wheals
and, less often, blistering skin diseases which may appear like a burn, or as a red/purple rash, or a scaly skin.
• Asthma attacks (condition that affects the airways of the lungs causing breathing difficulties) or worsening of asthma
• Sensitivity to light
• Stomach ulcers, bleeding, or holes in the stomach or intestine, High blood pressure, Fluid retention (particularly in
the elderly), vomiting a substance that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, blood in the stool, or black and tarry
stools. The risk may be higher for people who are older in age.
Common (occurring in less than 1 in 10 patients)
• Nausea, Vomiting
• Gastro-intestinal:
• Diarrhoea, Gas or Bloating, Constipation, Pain in abdomen or Upset stomach
• Worsening of ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon
• Worsening of inflammation of the digestive system
• Inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach
• Indigestion
• Effects on heart:
• Medicines such as Ibuprofen may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”)
or stroke
• Hypertension
Uncommon (occurring in less than 1 in 100 patients)
• Effects on Kidney: Inflammation of kidney tissue, kidneys disorder causing them to leak large amounts of protein
from the blood into the urine, kidney failure, appearance of blood in the urine.
• Effects on Liver: Abnormal liver function tests, swelling of the liver that makes it stop working well (hepatitis) and
yellowing of skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
• Effects on Nervous system and special senses:
• Visual problems
• Inflammation of eye nerve
• Headache
• Feeling of burning, itching, prickling or tingling in the skin
• Aseptic Inflammation of the lining of the brain (With symptoms such as stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever
or disorientation) especially in patients with diseases like lupus erythromatous ( a condition in which immune system
attacks healthy cells and tissues of many parts of the body),mixed connective tissue disease (overlap disease)
• Nervousness, Depression, Confusion, Hallucinations
• Ringing in the ears
• Light-headedness (loss of balance)
• Feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness
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