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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Oral NSAIDs)

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Oral) Nurofen, Brufen, Aleve, Synflex Adult, Children

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Oral NSAIDs) - Dosage and How to Use

How should Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Oral NSAIDs) be used?

​As there are different strengths and dosage forms for these medications, please make sure to take it as recommended on the label. Please check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

NSAIDs should be best taken with meals to reduce stomach irritation. Your healthcare professional may also give you an additional medication to protect the stomach. E.g. famotidine, omeprazole.
Do not exceed the dose recommended on the label as taking too much NSAIDs over time may cause serious stomach, kidney or heart problems.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​NSAIDs can be taken on as needed basis for short term use or regularly for certain conditions as prescribed by the doctor. 

If your doctor has prescribed NSAIDs for you to be taken regularly, do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional. If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Oral NSAIDs) - Additional Information

​If you experience the following symptoms, your condition may be too serious for self-treatment and you should consult a doctor:

  • Ongoing fever even after 3 days of treatment
  • Ongoing headache that lasts for more than 2 days
  • No improvement in pain after 7 days of treatment
  • Any of the above symptoms worsen after treatment
    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

    If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.

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