Painkillers: Nurofen

Question: Does anyone know if Nurofen is harmful in any way? I have found this is the only way to “cure” any abysmal pain (like the present one in my head). OK, I haven’t been to the doc. recently, but will go. I know Nurofen is an expensive way to deal with things, but for me it works & I sure don’t want any more experimentation with the docs. (I’ve been through amitriptyline – didn’t enjoy the effects – & co-proxamol, which was pathetic). I don’t take painkillers as a usual – I don’t like to mask the pain either, I find it can only make matters worse in the end.

Answer 1: I have used Elavil “amytriptyline” on and off for years. If I get headaches originating from the whip-lash injury many years ago, it takes the headache right away. I use them only when needed. My son was given them for headaches, after an accident, 4 or more a day prescribed & he became suicidal. He quit taking them, and the feelings if suicide went away. Be careful, this stuff is powerful, effective but be careful of dosage. You know yourself best. When in doubt, cut them out. See what happens.

Answer 2: I thought Nurofen was just ibuprofen — anti-inflammatory. The danger with those is the same as with aspirin, stomach problems — but if you don’t take them regularly then you shouldn’t run into that. And if you do run into it you may, like me, notice it early enough to stop before any damage is done. So I would say check the dose — as you will have done, I imagine! — and take it. If I take amitryptiline it will be in *very* small doses indeed. I wish I could have taken the Nurofen etc. pills. They always made me feel ill. 🙁

Answer 3: I can tell you that it contains Ibruprophen, therefore has similar side effects!

Answer 4: Nurofen has similar effects to Asprin, but milder, and safer in long term use. “More widely tolerated” is the term – don’t use lots. A “safe” drug, if such a thing exists, with it’s own website: www.nurofen.co.uk. In a hospital, a friend of mine was told not to use Nurofen because of her Endometriosis. Her doctor called this a “surgeon’s remark” – they don’t like bleeding – checked up, and find it was OK, but not near surgery which is true for everybody. It is certainly better than the suggested substitute, Paracetamol, which is a dangerous drug and should not be on general sale. I’m not suggesting that anybody go contrary to medical advice, but it might be worth enquiring.

Answer 5: I was watching an OU programme – as you do when you can’t sleep. It was on Ibruprofen – Ibruprofen = Nurophen = Brufen (the anti arthritis drug). Brufen was prescribed by Army doctors as a hangover ‘cure’ in the seventies! I seem to remember that asprin is the ‘mirror image’ molecule of ibruprofen. That’s why a lot of people who are allergic to asprin are allergic to Ibruprofen. I was half asleep at the time so details are a bit vague.
Answer 6: Just a quick word of warning about Ibruprofen (“Nurofen”). Some people have quite extreme reactions to it. I know because I’m one. One Ibruprofen tablet will flatten me for 18 – 24 hours. Just as with pre-meds for an operation, I can be roused but quickly fall asleep again. So far as I know this is not life-threatening AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING DANGEROUS – which in this state includes cooking, crossing roads, even boiling a kettle. Incidentally paracetamol hits me equally hard, while aspirin is fine. There’s nowt so queer as folk! 🙂

Answer 7: I’m a chemistry graduate, but it feels like a while ago – actually it’s only 2 years… Mirror image molecules don’t always have the same effects – take the thalydomide error – they had both stereoisomers (mirror image molecules) – one caused the deformities and the other was the one with all the benefits. If you separate them you can have the benefits without the deformities. Anyway, they won’t always behave the same because in your body the receptors are a certain shape – imagine making a mirror image copy of your car key – in most cases it wouldn’t fit. It’s a little like that.


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