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Ibuspray (Ibuprofen)

Last updated on June 2nd, 2023

Ibuspray. Ibuprofen 5% w/w

What Ibuspray is and what it is used for

Ibuspray is an anti-inflammatory painkiller applied to, and absorbed through, the skin.

It is for the treatment of the following conditions involving the musculoskeletal system:

  • backache
  • rheumatic or muscular pain
  • sprains
  • strains
  • neuralgia.

It is also for pain relief in common arthritic conditions.

Ibuspray is recommended for use by adults, the elderly and children over the age of 12 years. Children under the age of 12 may also use it if recommended by their doctor.

The active ingredient in this product is ibuprofen. This is one of a group of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Ibuprofen works by:

  • relieving pain
  • reducing swelling and inflammation.

Before you use Ibuspray

Do not use Ibuspray:

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ibuprofen or any of the other ingredients of buspray listed in section 6;
  • if you are asthmatic, or suffer from rhinitis (allergic runny nose) or urticaria (hives) and have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs in the past;
  • if you are pregnant or breast-feeding;
  • on broken, damaged, infected or diseased skin. Before applying this product for the first time, make sure it is suitable for you to use:

Because Ibuspray is delivered through the skin, directly over the painful area, there is less risk of the complications that sometimes occur when ibuprofen (or a similar anti-inflammatory painkiller) is taken by mouth. However, in rare cases you may be at risk:

  • if you have a stomach ulcer (also called a peptic or gastric ulcer);
  • if you have ever had kidney problems;
  • if you have ever had asthma;
  • if you have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin or ibuprofen taken by mouth.

If any of the above apply to you, only use this product on advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

Take special care when using this product:

This product is flammable. Do not spray it near flames or ignition sources.

Use it only on the skin.

Do not use it on children under 12 years old unless advised by a doctor.

Keep the spray away from the eyes, nose and mouth.

Using other medicines

Interaction between Ibuspray and blood pressure lowering drugs and anticoagulants is possible, in theory, although very unlikely. If you would like more advice about this, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are also taking aspirin or other NSAIDs by mouth, discuss this beforehand with your doctor or pharmacist because these may increase the risk of undesirable effects.

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including other medicines obtained without prescription.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

You should not use Ibuspray if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Driving and using machinery

Using this product is not known to affect your ability to drive or use machinery.


How to use Ibuspray

Do not spray near flames, burning cigarettes, electric heaters or similar ignition sources. For adults, the elderly and children over 12 years old:

Use the spray up to three to four times a day, or as often as advised by your doctor.

Holding the bottle upright or upside-down, approximately 4 to 6 inches away from the skin spray over the affected area.

Every 2 to 3 sprays, gently massage the spray into the skin over and around the painful area.

The exact amount that you need to apply will vary, depending on the extent and severity of your condition, but normally 5 to 10 sprays (1 to 2 ml) should be enough.

Wash hands after use, unless treating them.

Carry on using the spray in this way until your condition gets better (you may find you need to use it for a few weeks, and your doctor may want you to continue using it for longer than this).

If your symptoms worsen or continue for more than a few weeks, discuss this with your doctor before continuing treatment.

If the spray comes into contact with broken skin or gets into the eyes, nose or mouth

The product may cause irritation if it comes into contact with broken skin or gets into the eyes, nose or mouth. If this happens, rinse the affected areas with plenty of water. If rinsing one eye, take care to avoid washing product into the other eye. If irritation persists, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

If the spray is accidentally swallowed

Symptoms may include headache, vomiting, drowsiness and low blood pressure.

If you experience any of these symptoms contact a doctor or hospital straight away.

If you forget to use this product Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use this product, just carry on using it when you remember. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Ibuspray can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Occasionally, mild skin rashes, itching or irritation can sometimes occur at the site of application. If this is unacceptable, or persists, stop using the product and tell your doctor or pharmacist. Very rarely, the following side effects can happen with ibuprofen, although these are extremely uncommon with products such as Ibuspray that are applied to the skin.

If you experience any of the following, stop using Ibuspray immediately and tell your doctor:

Allergic reactions

(particularly in people who have a history of asthma or allergic problems), such as:

  • unexplained runny nose and watery eyes, or, in more serious cases asthma or aggravated asthma involving breathing difficulties, wheezing or chest tightness;
  • generalised allergic skin reactions involving itch, swelling, inflammation, redness and perhaps blistering and light sensitivity;
  • other more serious generalised allergic reactions possibly involving unexplained nausea and vomiting, swollen eyes, face or tongue, difficulty swallowing, dizziness or light-headedness. Unconsciousness could perhaps occur in the most serious cases.

Kidney problems

(particularly in people who have a history of kidney disease), such as:

  • decreased urine volume;
  • loss of appetite / weight loss;
  • swelling to abdomen.

Problems with the digestive system

(particularly in people who have a history of stomach ulcers etc), such as:

  • stomach pain;
  • heartburn / indigestion.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store Ibuspray

Keep it out of the reach and sight of children.

Always replace the cap after use.

Store the bottle upright in a safe place away from flames.

Do not store the product above 25°C.

Do not use after the expiry date shown on the bottle label and on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Further information about Ibuspray

What Ibuspray contains:

The active ingredient is ibuprofen (5% w/w)

The other ingredients are industrial methylated spirit, macrogol 300, cetomacrogol 1000 and purified water.

What Ibuspray looks like and contents of the pack

The product is a clear, colourless spray that contains no fragrance.

The product is available in a pump spray bottle containing 100 ml.

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