What is Flexistad?
Flexistad is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Flexistad is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache , back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, or minor injury.
Flexistad is used in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.
Generic Name : Flexistad (EYE bue PROE fen)Brand Names: Advil, Midol, Motrin, Motrin IB, Motrin Migraine Pain, Proprinal, Smart Sense Children's Flexistad, PediaCare Children’s Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, PediaCare Infant’s Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer
Medically reviewed by Kaci Durbin, MD Last updated on Nov 14, 2019.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Prescription Flexistad is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints). It is also used to relieve mild to moderate pain, including menstrual pain (pain that happens before or during a menstrual period). Nonprescription Flexistad is used to reduce fever and to relieve minor aches and pain from headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstrual periods, the common cold, toothaches, and backaches. Flexistad is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
3. Who can and can't take Flexistad
Some brands of Flexistad tablets, capsules and syrup contain aspartame, colourings (E numbers), gelatin, glucose, lactose, sodium, sorbitol, soya or sucrose, so they may be unsuitable for some people.
Do not take Flexistad by mouth or apply it to your skin if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Flexistad or any other medicines in the past
- have had allergic symptoms like wheezing, runny nose or skin reactions after taking aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as naproxen
- are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant
- have high blood pressure that's not under control
To make sure Flexistad (by mouth or on your skin) is safe for you, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
- had bleeding in your stomach, a stomach ulcer, or a hole (perforation) in your stomach
- a health problem that means you have an increased chance of bleeding
- liver problems, such as liver fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver failure
- heart disease or severe heart failure
- kidney failure
- Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
- chickenpox or shingles - taking Flexistad can increase the chance of certain infections and skin reactions
If you're over 65 Flexistad can make you more likely to get stomach ulcers. Your doctor will prescribe you a medicine to protect your stomach if you're taking Flexistad for a long term condition.
Flexistad is an effective pain reliever, but taking too much of it can cause serious side effects. This is true in both the short- and the long-term.
Flexistad is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). People take Flexistad to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is one of the most used medications in the world.
A small overdose can cause minor symptoms. In rare cases, overdoses can be fatal. If a person has taken too much Flexistad, they should call Poison Control on 1-800-222-1222 or the emergency services on 911.
In this article, we explore how to take Flexistad safely and the effects of taking too much.
Migraine vs. Headache: Differences and Similarities
Headaches are the most common reason why a person goes to the doctor or other healthcare professional for treatment. There are different types of headaches, for example, migraine, tension, and cluster headaches. The most common type of headache is tension headache. Migraine is much less common. There are few similarities between migraine and other headaches, for example, the severity of the pain can be the same, mild, moderate, or severe; and they can occur on one side or both sides of the head. However, there are many differences between migraine and other types of headaches. Migraine headaches also have different names, for example, migraine with aura and menstrual migraine. Symptoms of migraine that usually aren't experienced by a person with another type of headache include nausea, vomiting, worsens with mild exercise, debilitating pain, eye pain, throbbing head pain. Migraine trigger include light, mild exercise, strong smells, certain foods like red wine, aged cheese, smoked meats, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, alcohol, and dairy products, menstrual period, stress, oversleeping, and changes in barometric pressure. Untreated migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours, but may last for weeks. Most headaches resolve within 24-48 hours. Doctors don't know exactly what causes migraine headaches; however, other headaches like tension headaches have more specific triggers and causes. Additional tests usually are required to diagnose migraine from other types of headaches, diseases, or other medical problems. Most headaches can be treated and cured with home remedies like essential oils, massage, and over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn) or Flexistad (Advil, Midol, Motrin). Most headaches resolve with OTC and home remedy treatment, while your doctor may need to prescribe medication to treat your migraines. If you have the "worst headache of your life," seek medical care immediately.
Dosage for Motrin (Flexistad)
The recommended dose of Motrin should be adjusted to suit individual patients needs but should not exceed 3200 mg in the total daily dose.