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Nurofen Express

Written by Healthwords's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 25.04.2023 | 3 min read

Nurofen express caplets contain 256mg of Ibuprofen (in the form of Ibuprofen sodium), an anti-inflammatory painkiller. This form of Ibuprofen is absorbed in the body within 10-15 minutes, slightly faster than regular ibuprofen. Take one or two caplets with food up to three times a day as required, ensure you leave at least 4 hours between doses, with a maximum of 6 tablets in 24 hours. It is important that it is taken with food as the medication alone can cause stomach irritation. Suitable for children, adolescents and adults over the age of 12 years.

Who is it for?

Nurofen express is a useful tool for the relief of mild to moderate pain, such as headache and migraine pain, backache, muscular pain, rheumatic pain, dental pain, pain associated with menstruation, cold and flu symptoms and a sore throat.

If you are between 12 and 18 years old and require treatment for longer than a few days, or if symptoms worsen, it would be worth speaking to your doctor routinely. If you are over the age of 18 and have been using this product for longer than a week then it would be worth discussing with your doctor.

How does it work?

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) from the same family as aspirin and naproxen. Because of this, make sure you aren’t taking ibuprofen alongside other anti-inflammatories, as this 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. By stopping prostaglandin production, they can stop the pain, inflammation and even fever.

Ibuprofen also has a minor antiplatelet effect, which means it stops the blood from clotting. Seek the advice of a pharmacist or doctor if you are on any medications that may affect bleeding.

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Are there any side-effects?

As with any medications, some people are bound to get some unwanted side effects. Some of the common ones include indigestion and heartburn as ibuprofen can irritate the lining of the stomach especially when taken for more than a few days. If you are taking ibuprofen regularly or getting side effects, then you should stop and speak to your doctor about stomach protection to prevent stomach ulcers.

Should anybody avoid taking it?

Like all medications, don’t take them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication, if you have a salt-restricted diet, severe kidney or liver problems, or if you have other medications or medical conditions that you would normally discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new. If you are asthmatic and haven’t had anti-inflammatory medications before, they can sometimes cause an acute asthma attack so it is worth speaking to your doctor or pharmacist first.

Do not take ibuprofen if you are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant, as there is not enough information about safety during pregnancy. If you have a known stomach ulcer or inflammatory bowel disease, you should avoid taking ibuprofen unless recommended by your doctor.

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