Motrin is a drug that uses ibuprofen as the main ingredient. It is an NSAID or a Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug.
It works by cutting the hormone levels which can lead to inflammation in the human body or any pain at all.
This medication is used in the treatment of fever symptoms, pain and inflammation that is due to headaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps or injuries.
Motrin is safe for adults and for children over the age of 6 months, with careful supervision.
This drug can greatly increase the risk of a stroke or a fatal heart condition. This is more common in long-term users, or in people who take large doses of the drug.
If you have a history of heart disease, tell your doctor. Do not use Motrin immediately before and after heart surgery.
Motrin is also responsible for causing abdominal and intestinal bleeding. This is a fatal condition that can be acute, especially in older people.
Do not use Motrin if you have allergies to the main ingredient. Never use it if you have suffered asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions upon taking another NSAID.
Tell your doctor before you take Motrin if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes or if you are a smoker.
If you have a history of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, notify your doctor. Do the same if you have had stomach ulcers and/or bleeding before.
Tell your doctor immediately if you are an asthmatic, or if you have a history of hepatic and renal disorders as well as problems with fluid retention.
Do not take Motrin if you are in the last trimester of pregnancy. It might be harmful to the fetus. If you are pregnant or plan on it, tell your doctor first.
The effect of Motrin on newborns who are nursing is unknown. Do not take it while nursing a child unless your doctor allows it.
Unless your doctor has told you to, do not give a child Motrin if they are younger than 2 years of age.
Motrin should be taken precisely as your doctor has told you to in the prescription. If not, check the label given with the label for dosage instructions.
Never take the drug for longer than you have been told to. Do not take it in larger or smaller doses than you have been advised to.
Make sure you keep your dose as low as you can to effectively treat your disorder.
Remember that an overdose of Motrin can cause fatal damage to your stomach and intestines. The maximum amount of Motrin that you should take is 3200mg a day.
The dosage for a child is calculated using the age of the child and their weight. Make sure you monitor these carefully and inform a doctor of changes.
To reduce the chances of abdominal discomfort, take the medication with solid food or with milk.
If you are taking the liquid form of Motrin, shake well before taking it. Measure the dose using a pharmaceutical measuring spoon or cup.
Chew the chewable tablet. Do not swallow whole. If using Motrin for an extended period of time, take regular medical tests.
Missed doses and overdose
Motrin is taken on an as-needed basis. It is likely that you won’t be given a schedule to stick to. However, if you are, you will have to take the missed dose when you know you have.
If you are about to take the next dosage, ignore the one you missed. Never take extra doses to make up for the ones you missed.
If you overdose you will experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, coughing blood or even a coma. Call the local poison hotline immediately and seek emergency medical assistance.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Short of breath
Rapid weight gain
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
Do not take Motrin if you experience an allergic reaction.
Do not take it with antidepressants, NSAIDs and lithium unless advised by a doctor.
Do not drink alcohol or aspirin with Motrin.