IBUPROFEN

(eye-byoo’proe-fen)
Advil, Amersol , Children’s Motrin, Haltran, Ibuprin, Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, Pediaprofen, Pamprin-IB, Rufen, Trendar
Classifications:
central nervous system agent; nsaid (cox-1); analgesic; antipyretic
Pregnancy Category: B

NURSING IMPLICATIONS

Assessment & Drug Effects

  • Monitor for therapeutic effectiveness. Optimum response generally occurs within 2 wk (e.g., relief of pain, stiffness, or swelling; or improved joint flexion and strength).
  • Observe patients with history of cardiac decompensation closely for evidence of fluid retention and edema.
  • Lab tests: Baseline and periodic evaluations of Hgb, renal and hepatic function, and auditory and ophthalmologic examinations are recommended in patients receiving prolonged or high-dose therapy.
  • Monitor for GI distress and S&S of GI bleeding.
  • Note: Symptoms of acute toxicity in children include apnea, cyanosis, response only to painful stimuli, dizziness, and nystagmus.

Patient & Family Education

  • Notify physician immediately of passage of dark tarry stools, "coffee ground" emesis, frankly bloody emesis, or other GI distress, as well as blood or protein in urine, and onset of skin rash, pruritus, jaundice.
  • Do not drive or engage in other potentially hazardous activities until response to the drug is known.
  • Do not self-medicate with ibuprofen if taking prescribed drugs or being treated for a serious condition without consulting physician.
  • Do not take aspirin concurrently with ibuprofen.
  • Avoid alcohol and NSAIDs unless otherwise advised by physician. Concurrent use may increase risk of GI ulceration and bleeding tendencies.
  • Do not breast feed while taking this drug without consulting physician.

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