IBUPRO­FEN

Llanelli Star - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

THIS non-steroidal an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drug (NSAID) works by tar­get­ing and re­duc­ing the pro­duc­tion of prostaglan­dins, hor­mone-like chem­i­cals re­spon­si­ble for in­flam­ma­tion, pain and fever.

■ Brands: Nuro­fen, Cupro­fen, Anadin Ibupro­fen.

■ Dose: No more than two 200mg tablets ev­ery four to six hours. A max­i­mum of six 200mg tablets – 1,200mg – in a 24-hour pe­riod.

PROS

■ Par­tic­u­larly use­ful for treat­ing sport­ing in­juries and in­flamed joints. ■ It works quite quickly.

■ Avail­able as tablets, cap­sules, gel or cream, sprays and liq­uid (for kids).

CONS

■ Can dam­age the stom­ach and gas­troin­testi­nal tract if taken ken in high doses, es­pe­cially ally in the over-50s. ■ Pro­longed and heavy use can lead to blood pres­sure and kid­ney prob­lems. ■ Can cause asthma at­tacks in asth­mat­ics.

■ Can in­teract with some an­tide­pres­sants, beta–block­ers and di­uret­ics.

■ Take with or af­ter food to avoid gas­tric ir­ri­ta­tion.

TOP TIP

IF TAKEN reg­u­larly, speak to your GP about also tak­ing a pro­ton-pump in­hibitor to pro­tect the stom­ach. NSAID creams and gels can be just as ef­fec­tive with no gas­tric side ef­fects.

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