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What is Brufen? What does it do? Usage, dosage and side effects

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Brufen is an analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory drug of the NSAID group. It is effective in treating the symptoms of rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and in relieving mild and moderate pain such as acute musculoskeletal pain and menstrual pain. It usually provides relief from symptoms within 30-40 minutes after use. Nausea, indigestion, stomach or intestinal gas, and dizziness are common side effects.

What is Brufen?

Brufen is an analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory drug. Its active ingredient, ibuprofen , belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Brufen is available in pharmacies in 400 and 600 mg film tablet and 800 mg slow-release film tablet (Brufen Retard) forms. Each tablet contains the active ingredient in the “mg” ratio written on the box.

What is Brufen used for?

Brufen is used to treat the following problems:

  • Symptoms such as pain and inflammation caused by rheumatic diseases affecting the joints ( osteoarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis , etc.),
  • Joint inflammation caused by gout
  • Acute musculoskeletal pain resulting from accident or injury
  • Mild to moderate pain and fever
  • Menstrual pains,
  • Pain after surgery.

Is Brufen a flu medicine?

Brufen is mainly used to treat pain and swelling caused by inflammation. The form used for flu and cold is Brufen Cold & Flu.

Is Brufen good for tooth infection?

Brufen does not cure dental inflammation , but it can reduce the pain and swelling it causes. Be sure to consult your dentist before using medication.

How to use Brufen?

  • Be sure to use Brufen as recommended by your doctor and in the dosage.
  • You can take the tablets on an empty stomach. However, even if it is rare, if you experience indigestion or a different stomach disorder, prefer to drink it with food or a glass of milk.
  • Swallow the tablets with a sufficient amount of water, without chewing, blowing or breaking them.
  • Brufen may affect reaction time. If you feel such an effect, do not drive or use machines.
  • If you forget to take a dose, take it when you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, wait and continue with the next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you forgot.
  • To minimize side effects, use the lowest effective dose and for the shortest duration.
  • Do not use on children under 12 years of age.

Should Brufen be consumed while hungry or full?

Brufen works faster when you use it on an empty stomach. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, you can take it with food or a glass of milk.

Brufen usage dosage

  • Adults: The recommended total daily dose is 1200-1800 mg (to be taken in 3 or 4 equal doses). Your doctor may increase the dose if necessary. The maximum total daily dose is 2400 mg.
  • 12 years and above: Dosage is determined by the doctor based on body weight. The recommended daily dose is usually 40 mg/kg, taken in 3-4 divided doses.
  • Since Brufen Retard is slow-release, it is used once a day.

In the elderly and patients with kidney/liver/heart failure, the smallest effective dose and shortest treatment duration should be preferred.

How many hours should you drink Brufen?

Brufen can be taken every 6-8 hours if needed. However, be sure to use the medicine as recommended by your doctor.

Brufen overdose

If you take more Brufen than you should, you may experience serious side effects, although they vary depending on the amount you take. In such a case, be sure to call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital.

How long does it take for Brufen to take effect?

After drinking Brufen, you can usually feel its effect within 30-40 minutes. The drug reaches its maximum effect within 1 hour.

What should you pay attention to when using Brufen?

When using Brufen, be sure to take the following into consideration:

  • It may cause bronchial spasm in asthma patients or those who have had asthma before.
  • Symptoms may flare up in those who have previously had stomach ulcers or intestinal diseases.
  • NSAIDs may cause kidney dysfunction when used for a long time. Therefore, kidney functions may need to be monitored in kidney patients.
  • Caution is required in those with liver disease.
  • People with heart disease or high blood pressure may be at risk of water retention and edema.
  • The risk of heart attack and stroke may increase, especially with high doses and long-term use.
  • With long-term use, the risk of ulcers, bleeding and perforation in the gastrointestinal tract increases.
  • Brufen can mask signs of infection.

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, consult a doctor immediately:

  • Unexplained bruises and bruises on the body
  • Chills, shivering, fever, weakness, headache, vomiting or feeling of stiffness in the neck
  • Skin redness or rashes.

Brufen drug interactions

When Brufen and some medications are used together, they may cause changes in the effects of each other. Below you can find a list of these drugs:

  • Aminoglycoside antibiotics
  • high blood pressure medications
  • Medicines that prevent blood clotting
  • Antiplatelet agents
  • SSRIs
  • Aspirin
  • ginkgo biloba
  • diuretics
  • cardiac glycosides
  • quinolone antibiotics
  • cholestyramine
  • sulfonylurea
  • Other painkillers
  • Cortisone group drugs
  • lithium salts
  • methotrexate
  • mifepristone
  • cyclosporine
  • tacrolimus
  • Zidovudine
  • CYP2C9 inhibitors

If you are using any prescription or non-prescription medication, be sure to inform your doctor.

Alcohol use with Brufen

Consuming alcohol together with Brufen may cause the side effects of the drug to be aggravated. Therefore, alcohol use is not recommended.

Brufen equivalent drugs

Equivalent drugs containing the same active ingredient as Brufen, which you can find in pharmacies; Advil Liquigels, Apireks, Artril, Balafen, Berkofen, Calrofen, Coldaway, Coldfen, Dolgit, Dolven , Ibuactive, Ibucold, Iburamin Zero, Nurofen , Pedifen , Profen, Suprofen.

Brufen forms and types

Brufen is available in pharmacies in 400 and 600 mg film tablet and 800 mg slow-release tablet (Brufen Retard) forms. Brufen Cold & Flu, which is also used in the treatment of cold symptoms, is in film tablet form. Each tablet contains 200 mg ibuprofen and 30 mg pseudoephedrine hydrochloride.

Who cannot use Brufen?

Do not use Brufen if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • Allergy to ibuprofen or other excipients contained in the medicine,
  • History of allergic reactions to NSAIDs
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation due to ibuprofen or other NSAIDs in the past,
  • History of recurrent gastrointestinal ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Before or after coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Severe heart, kidney or liver failure,
  • Cerebrovascular bleeding or other active bleeding
  • Being in the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Use of Brufen during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use Brufen if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you realize that you have become pregnant while using the medicine, inform your doctor immediately.

Brufen side effects and harms

Common side effects

  • Headache
  • dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach or intestinal gas
  • Indigestion

For more detailed information about side effects, please see the instructions for use.

Does Brufen cause fatigue?

Fatigue is one of the common mild side effects of Brufen.

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