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What is Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a type of medication called a Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (NSAID). It is commonly used for treating pain, fever and inflammation. More specifically, it can be recommended for relief of headaches or migraines. It is extremely common in Australia and is available over the counter at all supermarkets as well as pharmacies. It is known by several brand names such as Nurofen, Advil, Motrin and Brufen.

What does it do?

Ibuprofen works by inhibiting the creation of prostaglandins, which play a part in the inflammatory process; therefore it disrupts the mechanisms of pain, fever and swelling.

There are a variety of possible adverse effects associated with ibuprofen, particularly in relation to the gastrointestinal tract. A consistent warning with ibuprofen is to take the tablets with a meal or glass of milk.

Is the relief only temporary?

The relief that ibuprofen provides is limited to the working life of the drug, which is mostly excreted in 4-6 hours. However, in this window of drug activity, a headache or migraine episode may be resolved, meaning you feel better by the time the drug wears off.

As a medication that treats symptoms only, ibuprofen does not offer any treatment to the root cause of your headaches or migraines.

What are my next steps?

In order to address the root cause of your migraines, it is recommended that headache and migraine sufferers consult a headache clinician.

Australian Headache and Migraine Clinics provide expert advice to assess, diagnose and potentially offer treatment for all headaches and migraine types. Please enquire with us, and meet our friendly Headache Clinician and take back your life today!