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Ibuprofen Drug Facts Label

Drug Facts 

Active ingredient (in each tablet or capsule)                                                
Ibuprofen 200 mg (NSAID)*

*nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

Pain reliever/fever

temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: 

  • headache
  • minor pain of arthritis
  • the common cold  
  • muscular aches
  • temporarily reduces fever
  • backache       
  •  toothache  
  • menstrual cramps    

Allergy alert:  Ibuprofen may cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin.  Symptoms may include:

  • hives
  • facial swelling 
  • asthma (wheezing)  
  • shock  
  • skin reddening 
  • rash
  • blister

If an allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.
Stomach bleeding warning:  This product contains a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which may cause stomach bleeding.  The chance is higher if you:

  • are age 60 or older

  • have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems

  • take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug

  • take other drugs containing an NSAID [aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others]

  • have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product

  • take more or for a longer time than directed

Do not use

  • if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other pain reliever/fever reducer

  • right before or after heart surgery

Ask a doctor before use if you have

  • problems or serious side effects from taking pain relievers or fever reducers

  • stomach problems that last or come back, such as heartburn, upset stomach, or  stomach pain

  • ulcers

  • bleeding problems

  • high blood pressure

  • heart or kidney disease

  • taken a diuretic

  • reached age 60 or older

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are

  • taking any other drug containing an NSAID (prescription or nonprescription)

  • taking a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug

  • under a doctor’s care for any serious condition

  • taking any other drug

When using this product

  • take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs

  • long term continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • you feel faint, vomit blood, or have bloody or black stools.  These are signs of stomach bleeding.

  • pain gets worse or lasts more than 10 days

  • fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days

  • stomach pain or upset gets worse or lasts

  • redness or swelling is present in the painful area

  • any new symptoms appear

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.  It is especially important not to use ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.
Keep out of reach of children.  In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.


  • do not take more than directed

  • the smallest effective dose should be used

  • do not take longer than 10 days, unless directed by a doctor (see Warnings)

  • Refer to the product container for additional directions

Other information 
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Inactive Ingredients
The specific product container has an alphabetical list of the inactive ingredients included in the product.

Questions or comments?
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