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.
■ 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).
■ 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.
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.