NUROFEN MAX STRENGTH JOINT PAIN RELIEF 512MG TABLETS
INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. This
medicine is available without prescription.
However, you still need to use Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
carefully to get the best results from them.
Keep this leaflet. You may want to read it again.
If you have any further questions after you have read it, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 3 days for
children and adolescents between 12 and 18 years and after 10 days for adults.
If any side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets are and what they are used
2. Before you take Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
3. How to take Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
6. Further Information
1. What Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets are and what they are
The active ingredient (which makes this medicine work) is Ibuprofen. It belongs to a group of
medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs provide relief
by changing the body's response to pain, swelling, and high temperature.
Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets are used for the relief of fever and mild
to moderate pain, such as:
• Headaches and migraine pain
• Backache, period pain, rheumatic and muscular pain
• Neuralgia and the pain associated with non serious arthritis
• Cold and Flu symptoms, sore throat
2. Before taking Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
Do not take Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets if you:
• are allergic to ibuprofen or any of the other ingredients (see section 6) or to aspirin or other
• have (or have had two or more episodes of) a stomach ulcer, perforation or bleeding
• have had a worsening of asthma, skin rash, itchy runny nose or facial swelling when
previously taking ibuprofen, aspirin or similar medicines
• have had gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation when previously taking NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
• are taking other NSAID painkillers or more than 75mg aspirin a day
• have severe liver or kidney problems
• have heart problems, high blood pressure or blood coagulation disorder.
• have breathing difficulties
• are in the last 3 months of pregnancy
• are under 12 years old.
Check with your pharmacist or your doctor before taking this product if you:
• have or have had asthma
• have kidney, heart, liver or bowel problems
• have high cholesterol or previously have had a heart attack or stroke
• have a history of gastrointestinal disease (such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
• have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (a condition of the immune system causing joint pain
skin changes and other organ disorders)
• are a smoker
• are in the first 6 months of pregnancy.
• are on a diet restricting your salt intake.
Taking other medicines
Some medicines may affect or be affected by treatment with ibuprofen.
Avoid taking this product with corticosteroid tablets, quinolone antibiotics or drugs that are
• To thin your blood or prevent clotting (e.g, warfarin),
• To stimulate your heart (e.g, glycosides) or treat high blood pressure.
• To help you passing water (diuretics),
• For the temporary suppression of your immune system (e.g, methotrexate, ciclosporine,
• For mania or depression (e.g., Lithium or SSRls)
• For pregancy termination (e.g., mifepristone)
• For HIV treatment ( e.g., zidovudine)
You should therefore always seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist before you take
Ibuprofen with other medicines.
• Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets belongs to a group of medicines
which may impair fertility in women. This is reversible on stopping the medicine. It is unlikely
that Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets, used occasionally will affect your
chances of becoming pregnant. However, tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you
have problems becoming pregnant.
• Medicines such as Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets may be
associated with a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Any risk is more likely with
high doses or prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
• 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.
• There is a risk of kidney problems in dehydrated children and adolescents
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Do not take in the last 3 months of pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding.
Speak to your doctor if you are in the first 6 months of pregnancy.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain
Relief 512mg tablets. Each tablet contains approximately 2.12mmol of sodium. This quantity
is equivalent to 48.6mg of sodium.
This product contains sucrose. 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 Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
This product is for short term use only. You should take the lowest dose for the shortest time
necessary to relieve your symptoms.
Adults, the elderly and children and adolescents between 12 and 18 years:
Take 1 tablet with water, up to three times a day as required.
Leave at least four hours between doses. Do not take more than 3 tablets in 24 hours.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
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 take for longer than 10 days unless your doctor tells you to. If symptoms persist or the
pain worsens, or if any new symptoms occur, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take more Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets than you should, you
may feel drowsy or nauseous. You should seek immediate medical advice in the event of an
overdose, even if you feel well.
If you forgot to take Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets
Simply refer to the directions above on how to take the medicine and do not take more than
4. Possible side effects
Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets are generally well tolerated by most
people. However side effects may occur.
STOP TAKING the medicine and seek immediate medical help if you develop:
• signs of intestinal bleeding such as: bright red faeces (stools/motions), black tarry stools,
vomiting blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds.
• signs of serious allergic reaction such as:
- difficulties in breathing or unexplained wheezing
- dizziness or faster heartbeat,
- severe forms of skin reactions such as itchiness, skin rash with redness, peeling, flaking or
blistering (e.g. Steven-Johnson syndrome)- swelling of your face, tongue or throat
Tell your doctor if you experience:
• signs of kidney problems such as:
- passing less or more urine
- cloudy urine or blood in urine
- pain in the back and/or swelling (particularly in the legs)
• signs of aseptic meningitis with neck stiffness, headache, feeling sick, being sick, fever
or consciousness. Patients with autoimmune disorders (lupus, mixed connective tissue
disease) may be more likely to be affected.
STOP TAKING the medicine and tell your doctor if you experience the following
uncommon side effects:
- indigestion, heartburn or feeling sick
- pains in your stomach (abdomen) or other abnormal stomach problems
TELL YOUR DOCTOR if you have any of the following side effects, they become worse
or you notice any effects not listed:
- allergic reactions, such as skin rashes (urticaria), itching, peeling
- flatulence (wind), diarrhoea, constipation and vomiting
- blood disorder resulting in unexplained or unusual bruising or bleeding, fever, sore throat,
mouth ulcers, flu-like symptoms and severe exhaustion
- drop in blood pressure or irregular heart beat
- stomach or intestinal ulcers, sometimes with bleeding and perforation, inflammation of the
lining of the mouth with ulceration (ulcerative stomatitis), inflammation of the stomach
- liver problems
Side effects for which the frequency cannot be estimated from available data:
- worsening of asthma or bronchospasm
- swelling (oedema), high blood pressure, heart failure or attack
- worsening of colitis and Crohn's disease
Medicines such as Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets may be associated
with a small increased risk of heart attack ('myocardial infarction') or stroke. (See Section 2
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
5. How to store Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets Keep all
medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use after the expiry date stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Store in the original pack.
6. Further information
Each tablet contains the active ingredient Ibuprofen 400mg (as Sodium Ibuprofen 512mg).
Also contains: Croscarmellose sodium, Xylitol, Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium
stearate, Colloidal anhydrous silica, Carmellose sodium, Talc, Acacia spray dried, Sucrose,
Titanium dioxide (E 171), Macrogol 6000 powder, and Red ink (contains Shellac, Iron Oxide
Red (E 172), Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide (E527), Simethicone).
Nurofen Max Strength Joint Pain Relief 512mg tablets are available in packs of 12 or 24
white, tablets printed with an identifying red logo.
Not all packs will be marketed.
Manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare International,
1 Thane Road West, Nottingham NG90 2DB.
Product licence number: PL 0063/0412
Licence holder: Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd, Hull,
Date of revision: February 2015.