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    Ibuprofen + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen

    Information about Ibuprofen + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen

    Ibuprofen + paracetamol/acetaminophen uses

    Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen is used for pain relief and fever. It relieves pain in conditions like headache, mild migraine, muscle pain, dental pain, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis or painful menses.

    How ibuprofen + paracetamol/acetaminophen works

    This is a combination of two medicines: Ibuprofen and Paracetamol/Acetaminophen. It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause fever, pain and inflammation (redness and swelling).

    Common side effects of ibuprofen + paracetamol/acetaminophen

    Heartburn, Indigestion, Nausea, Stomach pain
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    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Expert advice for Ibuprofen + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen

    • You have been prescribed this combination medicine to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever.
    • Take it with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Take it as per the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor. Long term use may lead to stomach bleeding and kidney problems. 
    • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Ibuprofen + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen as it may cause excessive drowsiness and increase the risk of liver damage.
    • Do not take it with any other medicine containing paracetamol (drugs for pain/fever or cough-and-cold) without asking your doctor first. 

    Frequently asked questions for Ibuprofen + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen

    Ibuprofen + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen

    Q. What is Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen?

    Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen is a combination of two medicines: Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. This medication helps in relieving pain and inflammation. It works by lowering the levels of certain chemical substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation.

    Q. Is it safe to use Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen?

    Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen is safe for most of the patients. However, in some patients, it may cause some unwanted common side effects like nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, and other uncommon and rare side effects. Inform your doctor if you experience any persistent problem due to the medication.

    Q. Can I stop taking Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen when my pain is relieved?

    Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen should be continued as advised by your doctor, if you are using the medicine for a condition associated with long-term pain. It can be discontinued if you are using it for short-term pain relief.

    Q. Can the use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen cause nausea and vomiting?

    Yes, the use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen can cause nausea and vomiting. Taking it with milk, food or with antacids can prevent nausea. Avoid taking fatty or fried foods along with this medication. In case of vomiting, drink plenty of water or other fluids by taking small frequent sips. Talk to your doctor if vomiting persists and you notice signs of dehydration, like dark colored and strong-smelling urine and a low frequency of urination. Do not take any other medicines without speaking to your doctor.

    Q. Can the use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen cause dizziness?

    Yes, the use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen can cause dizziness (feeling faint, weak, unsteady or lightheaded) in some patients. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, it is better to rest for sometime and resume once you feel better. Do not drive or use any machines.

    Q. Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen?

    The use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen is considered to be harmful for patients with known allergy to any of the components or excipients of this medicine or in patients with known allergy to other painkillers (NSAIDs). The use of this medicine should preferably be avoided in patients with a history of stomach ulcers or in patients with active, recurrent stomach ulcer/bleeding. It should also be avoided in patients with the history of heart failure, high blood pressure, and liver or kidney disease.

    Q. Is Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen helpful in relieving stomach pain?

    No, Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen preferably should not be taken for stomach pain without consulting a physician. This drug can increase stomach acid secretion which may aggravate an unknown underlying condition.

    Q. Can the use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen cause damage to kidneys?

    Yes, the long-term use of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen can cause damage to the kidneys. Normal kidneys produce a chemical called prostaglandins that protect the kidneys from damage. Use of painkillers lower the levels of prostaglandins in the body leading to kidney damage because of long-term use. Use of painkillers is not recommended to patients with underlying kidney disease.

    Q. Is it safe to take a higher dose of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen than recommended?

    No, taking a higher than the recommended dose of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen can increase the risks of side effects like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea and can also damage your kidneys on long-term use. If you are experiencing increased severity of pain or if the pain is not relieved by the recommended doses of this medicine, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.

    Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Ibuprofen+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen?

    Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 September, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)