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Nurofen Cold & Flu Relief Tablets

Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Dr Roger HendersonReviewed on 13.10.2023 | 3 minutes read
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Nurofen Cold and Flu relief tablets are dual-action tablets containing ibuprofen and phenylephrine. They relieve symptoms of a cold and flu associated with nasal congestion (blocked or stuffy nose). Ibuprofen helps to reduce aches, pains and fever, whilst phenylephrine helps ease congestion making for a powerful remedy for your symptoms. Take two tablets every 8 hours with food and ensure you leave at least 4 hours between doses, with a maximum of 6 tablets in 24 hours. It must be taken with food as the medication alone can cause stomach irritation. Nurofen Cold and Flu is suitable for children, adolescents and adults over the age of 12 years

Doctor’s advice

Who is it for

Nurofen Cold and Flu are most suitable for people suffering from cold and flu symptoms associated with nasal congestion, headache, aches and pains, fever and a sore throat.

How does it work?

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) from the same family as aspirin and naproxen. Because of this, ensure you aren't taking Ibuprofen alongside other anti-inflammatories, which can upset your stomach.

Ibuprofen's anti-inflammatory effect works by blocking the body's production of substances called "prostaglandins", which are released in response to illness or injury. Prostaglandins can cause pain and inflammation to notify the person they are unwell. They can reduce pain, inflammation by stopping prostaglandin production. Ibuprofen’s anti-inflammatory effect works by blocking the body’s production of substances called "prostaglandins", which are released in response to illness or injury. Prostaglandins can cause pain and inflammation to notify the person they are unwell. By stopping prostaglandin production, they can stop the pain, inflammation and even fever.

Phenylephrine is a vasoconstrictor that constricts the blood vessels in the nose. This reduces blood flow which in turn reduces swelling. This leads to an improved ability to breathe through your nose and relieves discomfort associated with a blocked nose. Phenylephrine is what is known as a vasoconstrictor and works by constricting the blood vessels in the nose, this reduces blood flow which in turn reduces swelling. This leads to an improved ability to breathe through your nose and relieves discomfort associated with a blocked nose.

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Are there any side effects?

Some people are bound to get unwanted side effects, as with any medication. Some common ones include:

Ibuprofen can irritate the stomach lining, especially when taken for more than a few days.

Any side effects or require Nurofen Cold and Flu tablets for more than ten days, you should stop and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Should anybody avoid taking it?

Like all medications, don't take them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication or medical conditions that you would typically discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new. If you are asthmatic and haven't had anti-inflammatories, they can sometimes cause an acute asthma attack.

Do not take these tablets if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have ever had a stomach ulcer or stomach bleeding, are taking another anti-inflammatory pain killer or aspirin above a daily dose of 75mg.

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Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed on 13.10.2023
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