Stomach and digestion toxicity
One of the most common side effects of Ibugel when a person takes it at recommended dosages is heartburn. When Ibugel blocks the COX-1 receptors in the stomach, it can disrupt its protective layer.
People who take too much Ibugel may experience side effects that range from stomach pain to severe bleeding in the digestive tract. The latter can occur within a few hours of an overdose.
What is Ibugel?
Ibugel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Ibugel 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.
Ibugel is used in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.
What is the dosage for Ibugel?
- For minor aches, mild to moderate pain, menstrual cramps, and fever, the usual adult dose is 200 or 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours.
- Arthritis is treated with 300 to 800 mg 3 or 4 times daily.
- When under the care of a physician, the maximum dose of Ibugel is 3.2 g daily. Otherwise, the maximum dose is 1.2 g daily.
- Individuals should not use Ibugel for more than 10 days for the treatment of pain or more than 3 days for the treatment of a fever unless directed by a physician.
- Children 6 months to 12 years of age usually are given 5-10 mg/kg of Ibugel every 6-8 hours for the treatment of fever and pain. The maximum dose is 40 mg/kg daily.
- Juvenile arthritis is treated with 20 to 40 mg/kg/day in 3-4 divided doses.
- Ibugel should be taken with meals to prevent stomach upset.
Urgent advice: Call your doctor straight away if you've taken more than the maximum dose of Ibugel
If you go to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department, do not drive yourself – get someone else to drive you or call for an ambulance.
Take the Ibugel packet, or the leaflet inside it, plus any remaining medicine with you.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Prescription Ibugel 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 Ibugel 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. Ibugel 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.
Laryngitis Home Remedies (in Adults and Children)
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. Inflammation of the larynx is most often caused by viral infections, and have symptoms such as sore throat, cough, problems swallowing, and fever. The voice changes produced by laryngitis may last after the fever and other symptoms of the acute infection has gone away. The best natural home remedy to relieve pain and other symptoms caused by laryngitis include resting your voice and breathing humidified air often. Turning on hot water in the bathroom and then sitting in the steam can soothe and relive laryngitis symptoms. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibugel (Advil, Aleve) can relieve pain and inflammation caused by laryngitis. Don’t give children aspirin to infants, toddlers, children and teens because of the risk of developing Rye’s syndrome, which can be fatal. Home remedies like resting your voice and sitting in humidified air can cure laryngitis. Medications like anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibugel (Advil, Aleve) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can relieve and soothe pain and symptoms caused by laryngitis.
Teething (in Babies and Toddlers)
Teething in babies typically starts between 4 and 10 months of age. Symptoms and signs of cutting teeth include rash, drooling, decreased sleeping, fussiness, bringing the hands to the mouth, and rubbing the cheek or ear. Acetaminophen and Ibugel may be used to treat teething pain. Do not give aspirin to babies or children due to a condition called Reye's syndrome, which can be deadly.
Is Ibugel safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies of Ibugel in pregnant women. Therefore, Ibugel is not recommended during pregnancy. Ibugel should be avoided in late pregnancy due to the risk of premature closure of the ductus arteriosus in the fetal heart.
Ibugel is excreted in breast milk but the American Academy of Pediatrics states that Ibugel is compatible with breastfeeding.
Which drugs or supplements interact with Ibugel?
Ibugel is associated with several suspected or probable interactions that can affect the action of other drugs.
- Ibugel may increase the blood levels of lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) by reducing the excretion of lithium by the kidneys. Increased levels of lithium may lead to lithium toxicity.
- Ibugel may reduce the blood pressure-lowering effects of drugs that are given to reduce blood pressure. This may occur because prostaglandins play a role in the regulation of blood pressure.
- When Ibugel is used in combination with methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall) or aminoglycosides (for example, gentamicin) the blood levels of the methotrexate or aminoglycoside may increase, presumably because their elimination from the body is reduced. This may lead to more methotrexate or aminoglycoside-related side effects.
- Ibugel increases the negative effect of cyclosporine on kidney function.
- Individuals taking oral blood thinners or anticoagulants, for example, warfarin (Coumadin), should avoid Ibugel because Ibugel also thins the blood, and excessive blood thinning may lead to bleeding.
- If aspirin is taken with Ibugel there may be an increased risk for developing an ulcer.
- Persons who have more than three alcoholic beverages per day may be at increased risk of developing stomach ulcers when taking Ibugel or other NSAIDs.
- Combining SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (for example, fluoxetine , citalopram , paroxetine [Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva) with NSAIDs may increase the likelihood of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These are not all the side effects of Ibugel tablets, capsules and syrup. For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
You're less likely to have side effects when you apply Ibugel to your skin than with tablets, capsules and syrup because less gets into your body. However, you may still get the same side effects, especially if you use a lot on a large area of skin.
Applying Ibugel to your skin can also cause your skin to become more sensitive than normal to sunlight.
These are not all the side effects of Ibugel gel, mousse and spray. For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
Many people are aware that taking Ibugel at the same time as alcohol is not always safe, but what are the risks, and when is it dangerous?
Ibugel is an over-the-counter medication that people use to reduce pain, inflammation, and fever. It is available under various brand names, such as Advil and Motrin, and in some combination medications for colds and the flu.
Alcohol and Ibugel can both irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines. Mixing the two can cause side effects that vary in severity from mild to serious depending on the dose and how much alcohol a person ingests.
In this article, we discuss the safety and risks of taking Ibugel and alcohol together. We also cover other side effects of Ibugel.
NSAIDs, including Ibugel, may not be safe to take during pregnancy. This is because they can alter the function of prostaglandins that are important during delivery and for the development of the fetus's cardiovascular system.
A person should consult a doctor before taking Ibugel during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester.
Ibugel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce mild to moderate pain, inflammation, and fever. Ibugel works by blocking an enzyme that makes prostaglandin (a hormone-like substance that participates in a variety of body functions), which results in lower levels of prostaglandins in the body. Lower levels of prostaglandins reduce pain, inflammation, and fever.
Ibugel is prescribed to treat diseases and conditions that cause mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. For example, Pain from strains and sprains; pain from cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds; muscle aches and pains; tooth pain; common cold; mild headache; some arthritis conditions; joint pain; and to reduce fever.
Common side effects of Ibugel include, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, heartburn, belly pain, drowsiness, headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and mild rash.
More serious side effects and adverse effects include, increased bleeding after injury, stomach ulcers, impaired kidney function, severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), blood clots, heart attack, heart failure, and high blood pressure.
The maximum dose prescribed under a doctor's care is 3.2 g daily. Otherwise, the over-the-counter (OTC) maximum daily dose is 1.2 g daily. Dosage depends upon the age, weight, and any current medical conditions of the patient. Several drugs interact with Ibugel so check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional with questions in regard to this drug. Doctors don't know if it is safe to take Ibugel if your are pregnant, therefore it is not recommended if you are pregnant. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Ibugel is safe to take while breastfeeding.
REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.