Motrin® (ibuprofen) is a medication licensed to treat several symptoms, including pain, inflammation, fever, and/or stiffness. It is also effective at treating painful menstrual periods, as well as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Motrin works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Motrin comes in the form of a liquid (oral suspension), tablet, or caplet. To reduce the risk of serious side effects, it is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. Do not take the nonprescription strength for more than 10 days for pain relief or 3 days for fever unless your healthcare provider recommends it.
The liquid form of Motrin is available in two strengths:
Motrin 50 mg/1.25 mL oral solution -- 1.25 mL contains 50 mg of Motrin
Motrin 100 mg/5mL oral solution -- one teaspoon (5 mL) contains 125 mg of Motrin.
(Click Motrin for a more in-depth look at how Motrin liquid, tablets, and caplets work, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Motrin [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer Inc.;2007 July.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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