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Nurofen Meltlets Self-Dissolving Ibuprofen Tablets

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 4 minutes read
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Nurofen Meltlets contain ibuprofen which is an anti-inflammatory painkiller. They can be placed on the tongue, allowing it to be dissolved and then swallowed without needing water, beginning their work within 20 - 30 minutes. It is suitable for children, adolescents and adults over the age of 12 years. It should be taken with food, as the medication alone can cause stomach irritation.

Doctor’s advice

Who is it for

Nurofen Meltlets (ibuprofen) are most suitable for people who have tried paracetamol and are still in some pain. It is a useful tool for relieving mild to moderate pain, such as headache, backache, period pain, dental pain, neuralgia, rheumatic and muscular pain, migraine, cold and flu symptoms and fever.

As a pharmacist, I have been passed on a handy trick recommended by dentists on how you can use Nurofen Meltlets best to treat toothache or dental pain:

Simply place the Meltlet at the affected area within the mouth, as long as it is safe to do so. What will happen is the Meltlet will dissolve in the saliva around the affected area and get absorbed locally so that it can work on the specific area. Dentists claim this will work quicker and be more effective than simply swallowing a regular tablet, although there is no clear evidence as not many studies have been done.

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 stop pain, inflammation, and even fever 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.

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.

Simply place one or two Nurofen Meltlets on your tongue up to three times a day when required for pain relief. The tablets will dissolve relatively quickly and can be swallowed without any water. Ensure that at least 4 hours are left between doses and do not exceed six melts in 24 hours. Suitable for age 12 onwards.

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Are there any side effects?

Some people are bound to get unwanted side effects, as with any medication. 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 ibuprofen?

Like all medications, don't take them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication, if you have severe kidney or liver problems, or if you have other medications or medical conditions that you would typically discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new. Like all medication, don’t take them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication, if you have severe kidney or liver problems, or if you have other medications or medical conditions where you would normally 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 ibuprofen if you are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant, as there is not enough information about safety during pregnancy.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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