Who can take ibuprofen

Adults and children older than 3 months can take ibuprofen.

Always follow the instructions on the medicine’s label or those given by your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you give your child the correct dose for their weight, and you don’t exceed the maximum recommended dose.

Things to tell your doctor before taking ibuprofen

Some adults and children cannot use ibuprofen. Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs may not be suitable for:

  • women who are pregnant
  • people with stomach problems such as ulcers or bleeding
  • people with heart or kidney problems
  • people with high blood pressure
  • people with asthma.

If you are pregnant, or you or your child has any of the health conditions above, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using ibuprofen.

Let your doctor or pharmacist know about any other medicines you are taking in case they interact with ibuprofen.

Six tips for being medicinewise with children’s medicines

  1. Make sure you have the right product for your child’s age: There are many forms of ibuprofen including liquids and tablets. Make sure you have the right product for your child’s age.
  2. Read the medicine’s labels and packaging when you buy a medicine and each time before giving any medicine to a child. The labels and packaging provide important information that will help you to prevent medicine mistakes.
  3. Know your child’s weight: the correct dose of ibuprofen for a child is worked out according to their weight.
  4. Measure liquid medicines accurately: use the oral syringe or device that comes with the medicine to ensure you measure the correct dose.
  5. Keep track of all the medicines you give your child and when they were given: this can help to prevent dosing errors. It is important not to give a child more than the maximum daily dose.
  6. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure about anything or follow the instructions on the medicine’s label.

Find out more about measuring and administering a child’s dose of medicine.

Can I take ibuprofen if I am pregnant?

Talk to your doctor before taking ibuprofen or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) if you are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy.

It is not known for sure whether or not taking NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or aspirin in the early stages of pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage. NSAIDs taken in the later stages of pregnancy can cause abnormalities in the unborn baby, and can cause bleeding problems in the newborn baby.

Can I take ibuprofen if I am breastfeeding?

You can take ibuprofen if you are breastfeeding.

For more information or advice talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or read the consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflet for your medicine available from your pharmacist.

Find out more about ibuprofen, the side effects of ibuprofen and the interactions with ibuprofen.

Phone for medicines information

Call NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia (except Queensland and Victoria).