Ibuprofen is used to treat mild to moderate pain and fever in children.
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:
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Remove a suppository from the wrapper.
- Lie your child down.
- Gently insert the suppository, pointed end first, into your child’s rectum. Push it as far as it would go.
- Make your child lie down for 10 -15 minutes to allow the suppository to melt.
- Wash and dry your hands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from heat.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.