Ibuprofen

(eye-byoo-PRO-fen)

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is an anti-inflammatory medication used to relieve pain and headaches. It is also used to decrease fever and inflammation or swelling.

It is available in liquid, chewable tablet and caplet formulations.  

  • Taking this medication with food may decrease stomach upset.
  • Shake the liquid formulation well before use.
  • Never use a household teaspoon to measure your child's dose. Use the measuring device that came with the product. If this is not available, get dosing syringes, a medicine dropper, a medicine spoon, or dosing cup from your pharmacist.
  • Keep this medicine in its original container, tightly closed.
  • Store away from heat or direct light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom medicine cabinet.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • Do not give more of this medication than recommended by your child's doctor.
  • If your child's symptoms persist or if they become worse, contact your child's doctor.
  • Contact your child's doctor before giving ibuprofen if your child has a history of high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, or bleeding problems.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Upset stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Rash or hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Severe stomach pains
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vision changes

Last Updated 12/2013