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Nurofen Express

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 4 minutes read
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Nurofen express caplets contain 256 mg of ibuprofen (in the form of sodium ibuprofen dihydrate), an anti-inflammatory painkiller. This form of ibuprofen is absorbed in the body within 10-15 minutes, slightly faster than regular ibuprofen.

How to take Nurofen Express?

Take one or two caplets with food up to three times a day as required, and 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. It is suitable for children, adolescents, and adults over the age of 12 years. This form of ibuprofen is not yet available in the US.

Doctor’s advice

Who is it for?

Here's a more detailed overview of who Nurofen Express is for:

Ages 12 years and older

Nurofen Express is primarily intended for use by adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older. It is suitable for individuals seeking fast relief from acute pain conditions such as headaches, migraines, dental pain, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, back pain, joint pain, and minor arthritis pain.

Fast-acting pain relief

Nurofen Express is specifically formulated for fast-acting pain relief. The ibuprofen in Nurofen Express is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, allowing for quick onset of action and rapid relief from pain and discomfort. This makes it an ideal choice for individuals who need prompt relief from acute pain symptoms.

Common pain conditions:

Nurofen Express can be used to relieve pain associated with a wide range of common conditions, including:

  • Headaches and migraines - Nurofen Express can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches.
  • Dental pain - it can provide relief from toothaches, abscesses, dental procedures, and oral surgeries.
  • Menstrual cramps - Nurofen Express can help reduce the severity of period pain and associated abdominal pain.
  • Muscle and joint pain - Nurofen Express can relieve muscle aches, strains, sprains, and joint pain caused by conditions such as overexertion, injury, or arthritis.
  • Back pain - Nurofen Express can help alleviate acute back pain caused by muscle strain, poor posture, or minor injuries.
  • Minor arthritis pain - Nurofen Express can provide relief from the pain and inflammation associated with minor arthritis flare-ups.

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 nonsteroidal 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 blocks the body’s production of substances called "prostaglandins," released in response to illness or injury. Prostaglandins can cause pain and inflammation to notify the person they are unwell. By stopping prostaglandin production, ibuprofen 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.

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 anyone 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 your doctor recommends it.

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This article has been written by UK-based doctors and pharmacists, so some advice may not apply to US users and some suggested treatments may not be available. For more information, please see our T&Cs.
Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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