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Information on liquid Ibuprofen including the Ibuprofen dosage, uses and side effects.
Ibuprofen, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is used for the treatment of fever, including post-immunisation fever, and relief of mild to moderate pain such as a sore throat, toothache, earache, minor body or muscle ache and sprains. Ibuprofen works by changing the body's response to high temperature, reducing pain and swelling.
Ibuprofen for children older than 6 months old can be dosed by weight. When the child's weight is not known, it may be dosed by age. Each Ibuprofen dose should be given approximately every 6 to 8 hours (up to 3 times a day). Take with or after food.
Weight range (kg)
Age range (years)
Dose recommended (mg)
Volume to use (ml) for each dose
6 – 7.9
0.5 – 1
8 – 9.9
10 – 17.9
1 – 4
18 – 23.9
4 – 6
24 – 30.9
6 – 8
31 – 36.9
8 – 10
37 – 42.9
10 – 12
43 – 50
Shake the bottle well before use. Measurement based on 100mg/5ml Ibuprofen suspension.
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Medical advice should be sought before use if the child has any of the following conditions or symptoms:
Ibuprofen should be avoided if the child has a known history of allergy to Ibuprofen, other NSAIDs or any of the other listed ingredients in the product.
Be sure to inform the doctor and/or pharmacist if the child is taking, has recently taken or will be taking other medications, nutritional supplements or herbal products.
Be sure to mention any of the following:
Common Ibuprofen side effects
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Inform your doctor and/or pharmacist immediately if the child experiences any allergic symptoms (e.g. rashes, itchiness, difficulty in breathing or eye swelling) or serious Ibuprofen side effects due to this medication such as swelling of ankles or feet, yellowing of skin or whites of the eyes or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
The lowest effective dose should be used for the shortest duration necessary to relieve symptoms.
Do not use liquid Ibuprofen for more than 3 days without medical supervision.
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, May 25, 2021