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Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) is a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is
used to relieve pain and reduce fever and
inflammation. If your child is allergic to aspirin, do not give
him or her ibuprofen.
Be sure to follow these medicine precautions:
Dosage: Dosages are based on the
child's weight. Give the medicine every 6 hours. Do not give more than 4 doses
in a 24-hour period.
Side effects of ibuprofen are usually mild. Stomach upset or
discomfort is the most common side effect. Taking ibuprofen with food may
Do not give your child ibuprofen if
he or she has any of the following:
Do not give your child ibuprofen if he
or she is taking any of the following medicines:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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