How do I take Nurofen?

Most Nurofen products contain ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory pain reliever (NSAID) that effectively relieves mild to moderate pain associated with conditions such as tension headaches, migraines, back pain and period pain.

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Nurofen (ibuprofen) dosage for adults and children from 12 years

Take 2 tablets (400mg), then 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as necessary. Do not take more than 6 tablets (1200mg) in 24 hours.


Please note:

- Do not give Nurofen or Nurofen Express tablets to children under 12 years – use Nurofen for Children instead.
- Do not exceed the recommended dose (1200mg/day). Excessive use of ibuprofen can be harmful.
- Do not take Nurofen for more than 3 days at a time without advice from your doctor.

When to check with your doctor or pharmacist

Nurofen is designed for the temporary relief of mild to moderate pain. Seek further advice if your pain persists for more than 3 days.

There are some occasions where Nurofen might not be suitable for you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist first if:

  • You are taking other medicines containing ibuprofen, aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) – taking ibuprofen on top of these medicines may be harmful.
  • You have ever suffered from a stomach ulcer or shown allergy to Aspirin, Ibuprofen or any other NSAIDs.
  • You have kidney, liver or heart problems.
  • You are pregnant
  • You are taking medication regularly – some medicines may affect how ibuprofen works.
  • You suffer from asthma – about 1 in 10 asthmatics are sensitive to ibuprofen.
  • You are over 65 years old.

When should I not take Nurofen?

  • If the blister foil is broken when you open the pack.
  • If you have a stomach ulcer or other stomach disorders, kidney or heart problems. 
  • Does ibuprofen cause stomach problems?
  • If you are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines. If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Nurofen and see your doctor immediately. 
  • During the first 6 months of pregnancy, except on your doctor’s advice. Do not use at all during the last 3 months of pregnancy. 
  • Can I take ibuprofen when pregnant?
  • For more than 3 days at a time, except with your doctor’s advice
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under 3 months of age. Seek medical advice for children under 12 months of age. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health related matters please contact your doctor.
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