By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, Motrin is effective in:
- Reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation
- Reducing fever
- Alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
- It comes in tablet, caplet, and oral suspension forms.
- It is best if you take it with food or milk to avoid an upset stomach.
- For it to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medicine will not work if you stop taking it.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of developing serious side effects.
- If using over-the-counter Motrin products (Children's Motrin, Infant Motrin, Motrin IB, or Motrin Cold and Sinus), you should follow the instructions on the label. Do not exceed the recommended over-the-counter doses, and do not take the medication for more than 10 days for pain relief or 3 days for fever unless your healthcare provider recommends it.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The form of Motrin
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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