What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) - the term used for a whole group of medicines that have pain-relieving (analgesic), anti-inflammatory and fever-relieving (antipyretic) properties. It works at the site of pain by blocking the production of the chemicals that cause pain, swelling and inflammation in the tissues of the body.

What can ibuprofen be used for?

Ibuprofen is effective in the relief of inflammation and/or pain associated with headaches, backache, muscular aches, arthritic pain, rheumatic pain, neuralgia, some cold and flu symptoms, period pain, dental pain, and it reduces fever. And, when ibuprofen is taken as directed by the pack instructions, it is as tolerable as paracetamol*.


What is paracetamol?

Paracetamol (also known in the USA as “acetaminophen”) is thought to inhibit substances produced in the brain that are involved in the transmission of pain, but nobody is exactly sure how it works.

What can paracetamol be used for?

Paracetamol is effective in the relief of pain such as headaches, backache, muscular aches, rheumatic pain, neuralgia, cold and flu symptoms, period pain, dental pain and fever.


What is aspirin?

Aspirin (also known as “acetylsalicylic acid”) was first discovered in willow bark and was the first modern medicine to come into common usage. Aspirin is also an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).

What can aspirin be used for?

Aspirin is used for relieving pain and fever, and reducing inflammation. It is also prescribed in low dose to help thin the blood in people with heart disease.

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.

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prescribe. In all health related matters please contact your doctor.

*Moore study, Reckitt Benckiser, 1999