Motrin

Generic Name: Ibuprofen

  • What is Motrin?

    Motrin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug available in both prescription and nonprescription forms. Prescription Motrin is used in adults for relief of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, treatment of menstrual pain, and relief of mild to moderate pain. In children ≥6 months it can be used to reduce fever and relieve mild to moderate pain. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of juvenile arthritis.

    Motrin IB, Children's Motrin, Infants' Motrin, and Motrin Junior are available without a prescription. Check the packages for uses, dosage, and other information on these over-the-counter products.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Motrin?

    Motrin and other NSAIDs may increase the risk of developing serious life-threatening heart or circulation problems, such as heart attack and stroke, especially with long-term use, and may result in hospitalization and even death. These may occur without warning signs, so tell your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness.

    Motrin and other NSAIDs can cause stomach discomfort, and rarely, serious ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning and result in hospitalization or even death. Be alert and tell your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain, indigestion, or bloody vomit or stool.

    Contact your doctor if you experience any changes in your vision, skin rash or blisters with fever, unexplained weight gain or fluid retention, yellowing of your skin or eyes, "flulike" symptoms, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face or throat while taking Motrin.

    Motrin chewable tablets contain phenylalanine.

  • Who should not take Motrin?

    Do not take Motrin if you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reactions with aspirin or any other NSAID medication.

    Motrin should not be used for pain right before or after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Do not use Motrin if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Motrin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, fluid retention, peptic ulcers or internal bleeding, asthma, if you smoke or drink alcohol, or if you have kidney or liver disease, or an infection.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Mild to Moderate Pain

    Adults: The usual dose is 400 milligrams (mg) every 4-6 hours as necessary.

    Menstrual Pain

    Adults: The usual dose is 400 mg every 4 hours as necessary. Begin treatment when symptoms first appear.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

    Adults: The usual dosage is 1,200-3,200 mg per day divided into three or four doses. Your doctor will tailor the dose to your individual needs. Symptoms should be reduced within 2 weeks. Daily dosage should not be greater than 3,200 mg.

  • How should I take Motrin?

    Take Motrin exactly as prescribed, and at the lowest dose for the shortest possible duration of time. Talk to your doctor before using over-the-counter Motrin and other NSAIDs for more than 10 days.

    Your doctor may ask you to take Motrin with food or an antacid to avoid stomach upset. The suspension can be given with meals or milk if it upsets the stomach. A drink of water or other fluid after taking a chewable tablet can help your body absorb the drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Motrin?

    Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this medication. Do not take aspirin or other NSAIDs while taking Motrin. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter products that may contain aspirin or other NSAIDs.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Motrin?

    If Motrin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Motrin with the following: alcohol, aspirin, blood pressure medications known as ACE inhibitors, blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin, diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide, lithium, methotrexate, and other NSAIDs.

  • What are the possible side effects of Motrin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal cramps or pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, ringing in ears, stomach pain, vomiting

  • Can I receive Motrin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Motrin in the last three months of your pregnancy. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Ibuprofen may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment with this medication is finished.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Motrin?

    Motrin is taken on an as-needed basis when you are experiencing pain. If you miss a dose and have pain, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose.

  • How should I store Motrin?

    Store at room temperature.

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