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Ibuprofen - Overview
Ibuprofen is a medication sometimes used for its analgesic and antipyretic effects. People who are interested in a prescription version of ibuprofen can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe ibuprofen medication, including generic ibuprofen 600 mg and ibuprofen 800 mg tablets, when appropriate and clinically indicated to do so.
What Is Ibuprofen Used For?
Ibuprofen, marketed under brand names such as Advil or Motrin, is similar to celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Pennsaid, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), ketoprofen (Orudis, Ourvail), ketorolac (Acular, Toradol), mefenamic acid (Ponstel), meloxicam (Mobic), naproxen (Naprosyn), nabumetone (Relafen) and oxaprozin (Daypro) in that it belongs to a class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Ibuprofen differs from acetaminophen in this way. Ibuprofen is used in a variety of clinical situations with the general goals of reducing fever or pain. Ibuprofen is thought to work by blocking the production of prostaglandins through the nonselective inhibition of cyclooxygenase enzymes. Prostaglandins increase the amount of inflammation, pain and fever during disease states and reducing their presence is how ibuprofen is thought to exert its clinical effects. Ibuprofen tablets are typically indicated for relief of mild to moderate pain, symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. Ibuprofen is also combined with the drug famotidine in the medication Duexis.
Ibuprofen- Dosage and Cost
Generic ibuprofen medication is generally available as ibuprofen 200 mg tablets, ibuprofen 400 mg tablets, ibuprofen 600 mg tablets, and ibuprofen 800 mg tablets. Ibuprofen itself is found as a white powder that dissolves well in organic solvents and has a melting point under 80° C. Ibuprofen is well absorbed and peak levels in the serum are usually achieved within two hours. The serum half life of ibuprofen is typically under two hours and ibuprofen is primarily eliminated via the urine within 24 hours. Generic ibuprofen is relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of medications, costing under $5 for thirty tablets of ibuprofen 800 mg at many pharmacies in the United States. Ibuprofen coupons can frequently be found online. Insurance plans may cover the cost of ibuprofen tablets, particularly when requested as part of an ibuprofen prescription. Ibuprofen should be stored between 20° C and 25° C but consult the package insert for specific instructions.
Can I Buy Ibuprofen Online?
Ibuprofen is available as ibuprofen OTC (over-the-counter) in the United States. However, prescription versions of ibuprofen cannot be dispensed by a pharmacy without a prescription from a medical provider. Additionally, for prescription ibuprofen, one cannot just buy ibuprofen online without first getting a valid prescription. People who want an ibuprofen prescription, however, can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe generic ibuprofen, including ibuprofen 800 mg and 600 mg tablets, when appropriate to do so.
Ibuprofen - Side Effects
Ibuprofen medication can cause side effects when used. Side effects that can result from ibuprofen use include stomach upset, nausea, indigestion, cramps, rash, dermatitis, weight gain, edema and liver toxicity. Ibuprofen can increase the risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction, stroke, and serious gastrointestinal adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines. Ibuprofen should not be used at the same time as alcohol. People who have had a prior hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to ibuprofen or other NSAIDs should not use the generic or branded versions of the medication. Questions and concerns about using ibuprofen tablets should be directed to one's pharmacist and medical provider before use.
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Last updated June 30, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.