SAINSBURYS HEALTHCARE PERIOD PAIN RELIEF 342 MG TABLETS
342 mg TABLETS
heart problems, high blood pressure or
stroke. Medicines such as Ibuprofen Tablets
may be associated with a small increased
risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) or
stroke. Any risk is more likely with high
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
doses and prolonged treatment. Do not
Read this leaflet carefully because it
exceed the recommended dose or duration
contains important information for you.
of treatment (10 days). If you have heart
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
problems, previous stroke or think that you
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more
might be at risk of these conditions (for
information or advice.
example if you have high blood pressure,
• You must contact a doctor or pharmacist if
diabetes or high cholesterol or are a
your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
smoker) you should discuss your treatment
IN THIS LEAFLET:
with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are taking other medicines
1. What this medicine is for
You must not take these tablets if you are
2. Before you take the medicine
taking certain other medicines - see section 2
3. How to take the medicine
‘Do not take this medicine if you’.
4. Possible side effects
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before you
5. Storing the medicine
take the tablets if you are taking any regular
6. Further information
1 WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS FOR
• aspirin at low dose as an anti-platelet
medicine (i.e. 75mg or below daily), as taking
This medicine contains ibuprofen lysine which
ibuprofen may reduce the effectiveness of
is the lysine salt of ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is one
the aspirin or cause stomach problems
of a group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
• other medicines for thinning the blood
drugs (known as NSAIDS) which work to
(anti-coagulants) e.g. warfarin
reduce pain, fever and swelling.
• anti-platelet agents e.g. ticlopidin
This medicine is used to relieve:
• two or more NSAID painkillers, including
• rheumatic and muscular pain, backache
cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitors
• neuralgia (nerve pain)
• medicines for high blood pressure (ACE• headache, migraine
inhibitors such as captopril, beta-blockers
• dental pain, period pain
and angiotensin II antagonists) and water
• fever (high temperature)
• the symptoms of colds and flu.
• antidepressants called selective-serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) e.g. fluoxetine
2 BEFORE YOU TAKE THE MEDICINE
• corticosteroids (for skin problems and
Do not take this medicine if you:
allergies e.g. cortisol)
• have or have had a stomach ulcer,
• methotrexate (a medicine for cancer)
perforation or bleeding of the stomach
• cardiac glycosides (medicines used to treat
• are allergic to ibuprofen, to any of the
heart failure e.g. digoxin)
ingredients (listed in section 6), or to aspirin
or other painkillers (an allergic reaction may • ciclosporin and tacrolimus
(immunosuppressant medicines often used
be recognised as shortness of breath,
following organ transplants)
runny nose, skin rash or itching)
• mifepristone (a medicine used to terminate
• have kidney or heart failure or severe liver
pregnancy - NSAIDs should not be used
for 12 days after mifepristone)
• are taking aspirin with a daily dose above 75mg • lithium (for depression or mental problems)
• are in the last 3 months of pregnancy
• zidovudine (a medicine to treat viruses)
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before • quinolone antibiotics (medicines used to
taking ibuprofen tablets if you:
treat bacterial infection e.g. ciprofloxacin).
• are elderly because you may be at more
Pregnancy and Breast feeding
risk of having serious side effects,
Do not take ibuprofen tablets if you are in the
particularly stomach problems
last 3 months of pregnancy. Talk to your
• have or have suffered from asthma,
doctor before taking ibuprofen tablets if you
diabetes, high cholesterol or have allergies are in the first 6 months of pregnancy or are
• have liver or kidney problems
breastfeeding. These tablets belong to a
• have stomach or bowel disorders including group of medicines, which may impair fertility
Crohn’s disease or a condition known as
in women. This is reversible on stopping the
medicine. It is unlikely that the tablets, used
• have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) occasionally, will affect your chances of
- an illness which affects your immune
becoming pregnant. However, tell your doctor
system. It causes joint pains, skin changes before taking this medicine if you have problems
and problems with other parts of your body. becoming pregnant.
Further information overleaf ➥
• have, have previously had, or are at risk of
HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICINE
Dose and how often to take
Initial dose 1 or 2 tablets to
be taken with water,
preferably with or after food,
then if necessary 1 or 2
tablets every 4 hours. Do not
take more often than every 4
hours. Do not take more than
6 tablets in any 24 hour period.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
The tablets are intended for short-term use
only. Use them for the shortest time needed
to relieve symptoms. Always use the lowest
dose that relieves your symptoms. Do not
take these tablets for longer than 10 days
unless your doctor tells you to.
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 Ibuprofen Tablets 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
those listed below. If you experience any of
these symptoms, or have any other unusual
symptoms or concerns with your medicine,
stop taking the tablets and see your doctor.
Other stomach and intestine effects
including diarrhoea, flatulence, constipation
Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you do not get
Liver problems that might be indicated by
better or get worse, or if new symptoms occur.
yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
If you take too many tablets: Talk to a
and/or pale coloured stools and dark urine
doctor straight away, or go to your nearest
Kidney problems that might be indicated by
hospital casualty department. Take the carton
passing less or more urine than normal,
and this leaflet with you.
cloudy urine, blood in the urine, pain in the
back and/or swelling (particularly of the legs) 4 POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
very rarely kidney failure
Most people take these tablets without any
problems, but they can have side effects, like Nervous system problems including
headache and aseptic meningitis (which can
have symptoms such as severe headache,
To reduce the chance of side effects,
stiff neck, disorientation, fever and eye
especially if you are elderly, use the lowest
sensitivity to light in those with existing
effective dose for the shortest possible time.
auto-immune disorders such as lupus).
STOP TAKING the tablets and contact
5 STORING THE MEDICINE
your doctor immediately if you develop
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
any of the following symptoms at any
pack. Store in the original container.
time while taking your medicine:
Keep all medicines out of the reach and
sight of children.
The following reactions may mean you are
6 FURTHER INFORMATION
having an allergic reaction to this medicine:
• asthma, worsening of asthma, unexplained The active ingredient is: Ibuprofen 200 mg
wheezing or shortness of breath
(as ibuprofen lysine) per coated tablet.
• swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat
The other ingredients are: Crospovidone,
(causing difficulty in swallowing or breathing)
copovidone, microcrystalline cellulose,
• rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, collapse.
magnesium stearate, Opadry II White
• also, there may be skin reaction (including
(contains polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide
hives, rash and itching) - very rarely these
E171, macrogol and talc).
can be severe with blistering and peeling skin
What this medicine looks like and
Stomach and bowel problems including:
contents of the pack
• stomach discomfort or pain, nausea,
Each tablet is a film-coated white tablet,
indigestion or heartburn, stomach ulcer or
embossed with ‘IBL’ on one side.
perforation, mouth ulcers
This pack contains 12 tablets.
• stomach bleeding which can result in vomit
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
with blood or dark particles (like coffee
grounds), black tarry stools or blood passed Manufacturer: Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
in your stools
Date of revision: 07/2009
• worsening of bowel problems (ulcerative
colitis or Crohn’s disease)