Using Nurofen: your questions answered

Here we give you the answers to frequently asked questions about Nurofen. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

Do I have to eat before taking Nurofen?

Nurofen can be taken on an empty stomach with fluid or after food. Taking it with food will delay its onset of action. Always take Nurofen according to the directions on the label.

Can I take Nurofen if I’m asthmatic?

If you've ever experienced an allergic reaction such as a rash or swelling of your tongue, throat or lips or difficulty breathing after taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like ibuprofen or aspirin, please do not take Nurofen. If you’re asthmatic, and have never taken NSAIDs before, please speak to your doctor before using Nurofen. A very small minority of people may suffer worsening of their asthma.

Can I take Nurofen if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Do not take Nurofen during the first 6 months of pregnancy, except on your doctor’s advice.

Do not take Nurofen at all during the last 3 months of pregnancy. You can take Nurofen while breastfeeding, however do not take Nurofen Plus if you are breastfeeding as it contains codeine.

I’m allergic to aspirin, can I take Nurofen?

Please do not take Nurofen if you’ve ever experienced an allergic reaction (e.g. rash, swelling of your tongue, throat or lips or difficulty breathing) to aspirin.

Can I take Nurofen if I’ve had an ulcer?

You shouldn’t take Nurofen if you have had a stomach ulcer or other stomach disorders.

What types of pain can I take Nurofen for without seeing my doctor?

You can take Nurofen to help you relieve the pain and/or inflammation associated with a wide range of ailments including headaches, cold and flu symptoms, dental pain, period pain, back pain, muscular and rheumatic pain, and migraines. It also reduces fever.

Can I take Nurofen if I’m taking any other medicine(s)?

Always consult your pharmacist or your doctor before taking Nurofen at the same time as other medicines.

When should I take a pain-reliever?

Take a pain-reliever as soon as you feel the onset of pain.

Who can tell me what type of pain-reliever I should take for my pain?

Your local pharmacist will be able to help you. However, if you’re in severe pain, your pain gets worse, or it goes on for longer than three days, please speak to your doctor.

Do any Nurofen products contain any sympathomimetics like phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine as active ingredients?

Phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are decongestants primarily used in cold and flu remedies. The Nurofen range contains Nurofen Cold & Flu PE tablets (ibuprofen+phenylehrine). For stronger pain relief, please refer to your healthcare professional.

There have been questions over the use of cold and flu remedies for small children recently. How does this affect Nurofen for Children?

Nurofen for Children products are formulated to relieve pain, fever and cold and flu symptoms.

Nurofen at-a-glance

  • Always read the label
  • Never take more than the recommended dose
  • Never take more than one medicine containing NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure about taking Nurofen.
  • Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer.

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health matters please contact your doctor.

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Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful.
If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or
prescribe. In all health related matters please contact your doctor.