How long does it take for Ibuprofen to work?

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Ibuprofen is a medication in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class that is used for treating pain, fever, and inflammation. This includes painful menstrual periods, migraines, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be used to close a patent ductus arteriosus in a premature baby. It can be used by mouth or intravenously.[1]

Ibuprofen takes 20 to 30 minutes to work if you take it by
mouth. It takes 1 to 2 days to work if you put it on your skin.

Do not take Ibuprofen by mouth or apply it to your skin if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to ibuprofen or any other medicines in the past
  • have had allergic symptoms like wheezing, runny nose or skin reactions after taking aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as naproxen
  • are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant
  • have high blood pressure that’s not under control

According to annonucement of the Pan American Health Organization[3], there is no evidence regarding harmful effects of ibuprofen on covid-19 infections and does not advise to discontinue ongoing treatments with this medicine but, if treatment is initiated, prioritizes the use of paracetamol to treat symptoms of the infection.

Ibuprofen is sold under a wide variety of brand names across the world; the most common being its first registered trademark name of Brufen, along with Advil, Motrin, and Nurofen.[4]

According to reliable resources mentioned above it takes:

~ 0 days, 0 hours, 25 mins, 0 secs

* The above data is an average value.

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