What is Motrin
is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs). Motrin works by reducing hormones that cause
inflammation and pain in the body.
is used to reduce the fever, pain, inflammation, and stiffness
caused by many conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis, and abdominal cramps associated with menstruation.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Motrin
Take Motrin with food, milk, or an antacid to lessen
Watch for bloody, black, or tarry
stools or blood in the vomit. These symptoms could indicate
damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
If you drink
more than three alcoholic beverages a day, Motrin may increase
the risk of stomach bleeding.
Who should not take Motrin Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if
- have an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAIDs,
- have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach,
drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day,
have liver or kidney disease,
- have a coagulation
(bleeding or blood clotting) disorder,
- have congestive
- have fluid retention,
heart disease, or
- have high blood pressure.
You may not be able to take Motrin, or you may require a
dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment
if you have any of the conditions listed above.
is not known whether Motrin will harm an unborn baby. Motrin
should not be taken late in pregnancy (the third trimester)
because a similar drug is known to affect the baby's heart.
Do not take Motrin without first talking to your doctor
if you are pregnant.
Motrin passes into breast milk
in very small amounts, however it is not expected to harm
a nursing baby. Talk to your doctor before taking Motrin
if you are breast-feeding.
How should take Motrin Take Motrin exactly as directed by your doctor. If
you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you
dose with a full glass of water.
Take Motrin with
food, milk, or an antacid to lessen stomach upset.
Store Motrin at room temperature away from moisture and
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember up to
2 hours late. If more than 2 hours have passed since the
missed dose, skip it and take only the next regularly scheduled
dose. Do not take a double dose.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention.
of a Motrin overdose include nausea, vomiting or stomach
pain, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, ringing in the ears,
blurred vision, seizures, sweating, numbness or tingling,
little or no urine production, and slow breathing.
Avoid while taking Motrin Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Motrin may
increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Use a
sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to
the sun is unavoidable.
If you drink more than three
alcoholic beverages a day, Motrin may increase the risk
of stomach bleeding.
Possible side effects of Motrin If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Motrin and seek medical treatment or
call your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction
(difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling
of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
cramps, numbness, or tingling;
- ulcers (open sores)
in the mouth;
- rapid weight gain (fluid retention);
- black, bloody, or tarry stools;
- blood in your urine or vomit;
hearing or ringing in the ears;
- jaundice (yellowing
of the skin or eyes); or
- abdominal cramping, indigestion,
Other, less serious side effects may
be more likely to occur. Continue to take Motrin and talk
to your doctor if you experience
- dizziness or headache;
- nausea, gaseousness, diarrhea, or constipation;
- fatigue or weakness;
dry mouth; or
- irregular menstrual periods.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Motrin Other prescription and over-the-counter drugs may
increase the effects of Motrin and cause dangerous side
effects. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following
- another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
(NSAID) such as ketoprofen (Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail),
naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox), diclofenac (Voltaren,
Cataflam), etodolac (Lodine), fenoprofen (Nalfon), flurbiprofen
(Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketorolac (Toradol), nabumetone
(Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac
(Clinoril), or tolmetin (Tolectin);
- aspirin or
another salicylate (form of aspirin) such as salsalate (Disalcid),
choline salicylate, and magnesium salicylate;
diuretic (water pill) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ,
HydroDiuril, others), chlorothiazide (Diuril, others), chlorthalidone
(Thalitone), bumetanide (Bumex), ethacrynic acid (Edecrin),
furosemide (Lasix), spironolactone (Aldactone), and amiloride
- an anticoagulant such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- a steroid such as prednisone (Deltasone);
an oral diabetes medication such as glipizide (Glucotrol)
or glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta); or
- lithium (Eskalith,
Talk to your doctor before taking
Motrin if you are taking any other medicines, especially
any of the ones listed above.
other than those listed here may also interact with Motrin.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.