Ibuprofen for pain and fever
Active ingredient: ibuprofen
What is ibuprofen?
If your child has a fever (a temperature higher than 38.5°C) and this is making your child uncomfortable or miserable, ibuprofen can be given to help ease any discomfort.
Ibuprofen is also used to relieve mild to moderate pain and to reduce inflammation. It is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The main effect of NSAIDs is to reduce inflammation, which is the body’s way of reacting to an injury or infection, as a way of healing the body.
Find out more about how to treat a fever.
Note about medicines names
Most medicines have two names: the active ingredient and the brand name. The active ingredient is the chemical in the medicine that makes it work. The brand name is the name given to the medicine by its manufacturer. There may be several brands that contain the same active ingredient. This website uses active ingredient names (e.g. amoxycillin), with brand names in brackets and with a capital letter (e.g. Amoxil). We also discuss medicines in groups or ‘classes’ when their effects or actions are very similar.
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