Ibuprofen - Rectal

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Ibuprofen is used to treat mild to moderate pain and fever in children.
How do I use this medicine?
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your child’s doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your child’s doctor.

Ibuprofen rectal is available as a suppository. This medicine is to be inserted into the rectum. It is not to be swallowed or used in another way. Try to make your child go to the toilet to empty his/her bowel before using this medicine.

To use Ibuprofen suppository, follow these steps:
  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Remove a suppository from the wrapper.
  3. Lie your child down.
  4. Gently insert the suppository, pointed end first, into your child’s rectum. Push it as far as it would go.
  5. Make your child lie down for 10 -15 minutes to allow the suppository to melt.
  6. Wash and dry your hands.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and return to the normal dosing schedule.

Do not use more than what is instructed by your child’s doctor to make up for the missed dose.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Ibuprofen if your child ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Ibuprofen or any similar painkillers such as aspirin.

Alert the doctor if your child has the following conditions:
  • heart disease e.g. heart failure
  • active, history of stomach or bowel ulcer
  • active, history of stomach or bowel bleeding
as this medicine may not be suitable for him/her.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your child’s doctor if he/she has the following conditions:
  • bleeding disorders
  • lupus (an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation)
  • inflammation of the intestine
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
If your child is going for a surgery, inform the doctor that your child is using Ibuprofen suppository.
What side effects could I experience?
Ibuprofen may cause dizziness. If affected, do not let your child to take part in any activity in which he/she needs to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, and stomach discomfort or pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your child’s doctor quickly if he/she experience any of the following:
  • swollen eyes or mouth, difficulty breathing, rashes
  • severe stomach pain or tenderness, vomiting blood, black, tarry or bloody stool
Inform your child’s doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if he/she experiences other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your child’s doctor and pharmacist if he/she is taking any of these medicines:
  • other NSAIDs (medicines to relieve pain and inflammation) e.g. aspirin
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
  • medicines for mood disorders e.g. lithium
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
  • medicines to treat cancer e.g. methotrexate
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ibuprofen.

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.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from heat.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Ibuprofen - Rectal and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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