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Boots Ibuprofen

Last updated on: November 14th, 2021

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Boots Ibuprofen Long Lasting 200 mg Capsules

What this medicine is for

This medicine contains Ibuprofen which belongs to a group called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, which act to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

The Ibuprofen in the capsule is released slowly over 12 hours. It can be used to relieve headaches, rheumatic and muscular pain, backache, migraine, period pain, dental pain and neuralgia. It can also be used to reduce fever and relieve the symptoms of colds and flu.

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Before you take this medicine

This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 12 years and over. However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.

Do not take:

  • If you have a stomach ulcer, perforation or bleeding of the stomach, or have had one in the past (you may have been sick and it contained blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds, passed blood in your stools or passed black tarry stools)
  • If you have had perforation or a bleeding stomach after taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine
  • If you are allergic to ibuprofen or any other ingredients in the product, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (you have ever had asthma, runny nose, itchy skin or swelling of the lips, face or throat after taking these medicines)
  • If you are taking aspirin with a daily dose above 75 mg, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
  • If you have severe heart, kidney or liver failure
  • If you are pregnant

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • If you have asthma, a history of asthma or other allergic disease, stomach or bowel problems
  • If you have other kidney or liver problems (see above)
  • If you are elderly – you may get more side effects
  • If you are taking any other painkillers or receiving regular treatment from your doctor
  • If you have had a stroke, or have heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or you smoke – see ‘Risk of heart attack or stroke’ below

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Other important information

Risk of heat attack or stroke:

Ibuprofen may increase the risk if you take large amounts for a long time. The risk is small. Take the lowest amount for the shortest possible time to reduce this risk.


You can use this medicine.

Women of childbearing age:

If you take this medicine, it may reduce your ability to become pregnant. This effect will be reversed when you stop the medicine.

If you take other medicines

Before you take these capsules, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:

  • Aspirin 75 mg (to prevent heart attacks and strokes) – the protection may be reduced when you take ibuprofen
  • Other pain killers
  • Tablets to thin your blood (e.g. warfarin)
  • Mifepristone (for termination of pregnancy) – do not take ibuprofen if you have taken mifepristone in the last 12 days
  • Water tablets (diuretics), medicines to treat high blood pressure, medicines for heart problems
  • Corticosteroids, lithium, methotrexate, zidovudine
  • Quinolone antibiotics (for infections)
  • Medicines for depression
  • Ciclosporin or tacrolimus (given after transplant surgery, or for psoriasis or rheumatism)

If you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.

How to take this medicine

Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that capsule.

AGE How many to use How often to take them
Adults and children of 12 years and over Two capsules Morning and evening, if you need to. Don’t take more than 4 capsules in 24 hours.
Take the lowest amount for the shortest possible time to relieve your symptoms

Swallow each capsule whole with water.

Do not give to children under 12 years.

Do not take more than the amount recommended above.

If your symptoms worsen at any time, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

If your symptoms do not go away within 10 days, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

If you take too many capsules: Talk to a doctor straight away. Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.

If you are elderly you may be more likely to have some of these side effects.

If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the capsules. See a doctor at once:

  • You are sick and it contains blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds
  • Pass blood in your stools or pass black tarry stools
  • Stomach problems including pain, indigestion or heartburn
  • Allergic reactions such as skin rash (which can sometimes be severe and include peeling and blistering of the skin), swelling of the face, neck or throat, worsening of asthma, difficulty in breathing

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These other effects are less serious.

If they bother you talk to a pharmacist:

  • Kidney problems, which may lead to kidney failure
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Headache, hearing problems
  • Fluid retention, which may cause swelling of the limbs
  • Rarely, liver problems, diarrhoea, wind, constipation, worsening of colitis or Crohn’s disease, meningitis (e.g. stiff neck, fever and disorientation)
  • Very rarely, tiredness or severe exhaustion, changes in the blood which may cause unusual bruising and an increase in the number of infections that you get (e.g. sore throats, mouth ulcers, flu-like symptoms)
  • A small increased risk of heart attack or stroke if you take large amounts for a long time

If any side effect becomes severe, or if you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

How to store this medicine

Store below 25°C.

Store in the original package.

Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.

Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.

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