Dexibuprofen helps relieve pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis (a condition where joint surfaces are damaged, causing pain and stiffness of the joints).
This medicine is also used to treat mild to moderate pain and dysmenorrhoea (menstrual pain).
Take Dexibuprofen exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take it together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your condition.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Do not take Dexibuprofen if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or similar painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- active or a history of stomach ulcer or bleeding
- history of stomach bleeding or perforation caused by taking NSAIDs
- recurrent stomach ulcer
- bleeding in the brain
- bleeding disorders
- Crohn’s disease (long-term inflammatory disease of the digestive tract)
- ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the large intestines)
- severe heart failure
- severe kidney disease
- severe liver disease
as Dexibuprofen may not be suitable for you.
Do not take this medicine if you are on your 3rd trimester of pregnancy. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Dexibuprofen may cause harm to your unborn child.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- allergic disorders
- heart disease or high blood pressure
- blood clotting disease
- cerebrovascular disease (disease of the blood vessels supplying the brain)
- systemic lupus erythematosus (autoimmune disease that causes inflammation)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Dexibuprofen may cause drowsiness, dizziness or visual disturbances. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.
Other side effects may include any of the following: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and indigestion.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
- pass out bloody stools or black as tar and vomiting blood, or ground coffee-like material
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Do not take Dexibuprofen if you are taking other NSAIDs (medicine for pain and inflammation) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and aspirin.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- blood-thinning medicine e.g. warfarin, ticlopidine
- methotrexate (medicine for cancer)
- lithium (medicine for mood disorders)
- digoxin (medicine for irregular heartbeat)
- medicine for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital
- rifampicin (medicine to treat tuberculosis)
- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus, sirolimus
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Dexibuprofen.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol intake may worsen the side effects in the stomach caused by Dexibuprofen.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.