Ibuprofen (Page 4 of 5)

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of ibuprofen tablets and other treatment options before deciding to use ibuprofen tablets. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals (see WARNINGS).

After observing the response to initial therapy with ibuprofen tablets, the dose and frequency should be adjusted to suit an individual patient’s needs.

Do not exceed 3200 mg total daily dose. If gastrointestinal complaints occur, administer ibuprofen tablets with meals or milk.

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, including flare-ups of chronic disease:

Suggested Dosage: 1200 mg to 3200 mg daily (300 mg four times a day; 400 mg, 600 mg or 800 mg three times a day or four times a day). Individual patients may show a better response to 3200 mg daily, as compared with 2400 mg, although in well-controlled clinical trials patients on 3200 mg did not show a better mean response in terms of efficacy. Therefore, when treating patients with 3200 mg/day, the physician should observe sufficient increased clinical benefits to offset potential increased risk.

The dose should be tailored to each patient, and may be lowered or raised depending on the severity of symptoms either at time of initiating drug therapy or as the patient responds or fails to respond.

In general, patients with rheumatoid arthritis seem to require higher doses of ibuprofen tablets than do patients with osteoarthritis.

The smallest dose of ibuprofen tablets that yields acceptable control should be employed. A linear blood level dose-response relationship exists with single doses up to 800 mg (see

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY for effects of food on rate of absorption).

The availability of three tablet strengths facilitates dosage adjustment.

In chronic conditions , a therapeutic response to therapy with ibuprofen tablets is sometimes seen in a few days to a week but most often is observed by two weeks. After a satisfactory response has been achieved, the patient’s dose should be reviewed and adjusted as required.

Mild to moderate pain:

400 mg every 4 to 6 hours as necessary for relief of pain.

In controlled analgesic clinical trials, doses of ibuprofen tablets greater than 400 mg were no more effective than the 400 mg dose.

Dysmenorrhea:

For the treatment of dysmenorrhea, beginning with the earliest onset of such pain, ibuprofen tablets should be given in a dose of 400 mg every 4 hours as necessary for the relief of pain.

HOW SUPPLIED

600 mg (white to off-white, caplet, ‘I 7’ debossing on one side and plain on the other side)

Store at 20º to 25ºC (68º to 77ºF). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Avoid excessive heat above 40ºC (104ºF).

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Issued: October 2016

SPL MEDGUIDE

Medication Guide for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

(See the end of this Medication Guide for a list of prescription NSAID medicines.)

What is the most important information I should know about medicines called Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?

NSAIDs can cause serious side effects, including:

· Increased risk of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. This risk may happen early in treatment and may increase:

· with increasing doses of NSAIDs

· with longer use of NSAIDs

Do not take NSAIDs right before or after a heart surgery called a “coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).”

Avoid taking NSAIDs after a recent heart attack, unless your healthcare provider tells you to. You may have an increased risk of another heart attack if you take NSAIDs after a recent heart attack.

· Increased risk of bleeding, ulcers, and tears (perforation) of the esophagus (tube leading from the mouth to the stomach), stomach and intestines:

· anytime during use

· without warning symptoms

· that may cause death

The risk of getting an ulcer or bleeding increases with:

· past history of stomach ulcers, or stomach or intestinal bleeding with use of NSAIDs

· taking medicines called “corticosteroids”, “anticoagulants”, “SSRIs”, or “SNRIs”

· increasing doses of NSAIDs

· longer use of NSAIDs

· smoking

· drinking alcohol

· older age

· poor health

· advanced liver disease

· bleeding problems

NSAIDs should only be used:

· exactly as prescribed

· at the lowest dose possible for your treatment

· for the shortest time needed

What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs are used to treat pain and redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation) from medical conditions such as different types of arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.

Who should not take NSAIDs?

Do not take NSAIDs:

· if you have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAIDs.

· right before or after heart bypass surgery.

Before taking NSAIDS, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

· have liver or kidney problems

· have high blood pressure

· have asthma

· are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are considering taking NSAIDs during pregnancy. You should not take NSAIDs after 29 weeks of pregnancy.

· are breastfeeding or plan to breast feed.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements. NSAIDs and some other medicines can interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Do not start taking any new medicine without talking to your healthcare provider first.

What are the possible side effects of NSAIDs?

NSAIDs can cause serious side effects, including:

See “What is the most important information I should know about medicines called Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?

· new or worse high blood pressure

· heart failure

· liver problems including liver failure

· kidney problems including kidney failure

· low red blood cells (anemia)

· life-threatening skin reactions

· life threatening allergic reactions

· Other side effects of NSAIDs include: stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.

Get emergency help right away if you get any of the following symptoms:

· shortness of breath or trouble breathing

· chest pain

· weakness in one part or side of your body

· slurred speech

· swelling of the face or throat

Stop taking your NSAID and call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms:

· nausea

· more tired or weaker than usual

· diarrhea

· itching

· your skin or eyes look yellow

· indigestion or stomach pain

· flu-like symptoms

· vomit blood

· there is blood in your bowel movement or it is black and sticky like tar

· unusual weight gain

· skin rash or blisters with fever

· swelling of the arms, legs, hands and feet

If you take too much of your NSAID, call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away.

These are not all the possible side effects of NSAIDs. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about NSAIDs.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Other information about NSAIDs

· Aspirin is an NSAID but it does not increase the chance of a heart attack. Aspirin can cause bleeding in the brain, stomach, and intestines. Aspirin can also cause ulcers in the stomach and intestines.

· Some NSAIDs are sold in lower doses without a prescription (over-the-counter). Talk to your healthcare provider before using over-the-counter NSAIDs for more than 10 days.

General information about the safe and effective use of NSAIDs

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use NSAIDs for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give NSAIDs to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

If you would like more information about NSAIDs, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about NSAIDs that is written for health professionals.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration .

Repackaged by:

Aidarex Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Corona, CA 92880

Manufactured by:

Granules India Limited

Hyderabad-500 081, India

MADE IN INDIA

Distributed by:

Ascend Laboratories, LLC

Parsippany, NJ 07054

Toll-free: 1-877-272-7901

Issued: October 2016

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