Ibuprofen - Topical

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Ibuprofen helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with conditions affecting joints or muscles (e.g. muscle strain or sprains, sports injuries).
How do I use this medicine?
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Ibuprofen topical is available as gel, foam, spray solution or plaster. This medicine is to be applied on the skin.

To apply Ibuprofen topical gel:
  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Squeeze out the specified amount of gel from the container.
  3. Apply to a clean, dry and intact skin of the affected area. Massage gently.
  4. Allow the gel to dry.
  5. Wash and dry your hands after each application.
To apply Ibuprofen topical foam or spray solution:
  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Shake the container well before use.
  3. Dispense the specified amount of foam or spray solution from the container.
  4. Apply to a clean, dry and intact skin of the affected area. Massage gently.
  5. Allow the foam or spray solution to dry.
  6. Wash and dry your hands after each application.
Do not dispense foam or spray solution near flames and other ignition sources.

To apply Ibuprofen topical plaster:
  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Remove the plaster from its container.
  3. Remove the protective strip and apply the sticky side of the plaster to a clean, dry and intact skin of the affected area.
  4. Firmly press the plaster onto the skin with your palm.
  5. Hold for about 10 seconds to ensure the patch sticks well to the skin.
The plaster should not be worn while bathing. Avoid getting it wet.

Avoid any contact of this medicine with your eyes. Rinse it immediately with water if the medicine gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyesight.

Do not bandage, cover or wrap the affected area after applying Ibuprofen unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not switch between different brands or dosage forms unless advised by your doctor.
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 next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

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

Do not use Ibuprofen if you are on the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • stomach or bowel ulcer
  • asthma
  • kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid direct or prolonged exposure of the treated area of the skin to sunlight or UV lamps.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Ibuprofen to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.
What side effects could I experience?
Ibuprofen may cause stomach discomfort or pain and application site reactions such as redness, itching or irritation of the skin.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience swollen eyes or mouth, difficulty breathing or rashes.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • other NSAIDs (medicine to relieve pain and inflammation) e.g. aspirin
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
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 - Topical 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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