Ibuprofen and Paracetamol tablets contain two active ingredients. Ibuprofen belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Paracetamol is an analgesic drug. NSAIDs help reduce pain and swelling as well as lower the body temperature. Paracetamol also works to lower the body temperature but through a different mechanism.
The combination of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol is available as a medication of various brand names. It is used in to provide relief of mild or moderate pain due to migraine, headaches, backache, menstrual pain, dental pain, or rheumatic and muscular pain. It is used to give relief from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis as well. It also reduces the body temperature in case of fever and alleviates the associated cold and flu symptoms.
NSAIDS act as a cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor in the body. Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of prostaglandins, which are further responsible for producing an inflammatory response to any condition like pain, swelling, redness, or elevated body temperature. By blocking the action of the cyclo-oxygenase, NSAIDS inhibit the inflammatory response and reduce the body temperature.
Paracetamol works by regulating the region in the hypothalamus, believed to be associated with temperature regulation.
Dosage and administration
The usual prescribed daily dose is one tablet that is to be taken three times a day at six hour intervals. Take the tablet after having food and with a glass of water. Take 1 tablet with water and after a meal, up to three times a day.
Use the tablets for a minimum period of time and in the least effective dose required to relieve the symptoms. The maximum daily dose is 3000 mg of Paracetamol and 1200 mg of Ibuprofen. This maximum dose should not be exceeded in a period of 24 hours. In case the patient forgets to take a normal drug dose, it is advised not to take two doses at once. Just continue as per normal with the next scheduled dose.