This week we noticed an article relating to Calvin Lock, who had taken Ibuprofen to treat a sore throat. It is thought that Calvin then went on to suffer from a severe allergic reaction, resulting in him being put on a life support machine.  Thankfully, Calvin is now on the road to recovery.

This is an extreme reaction, but many of us do not realise or consider potential side effects when taking over the counter medicine – perhaps this is because they are so readily available these days, from places like supermarkets, petrol stations and newsagents.

 Ibuprofen – the benefits

We are certainly not condoning that patients stop using Ibuprofen – after all many patients find that it helps them with many common conditions such as:

    • Headaches
    • Toothache
    • Back pain
    • Arthritis
    • Period pains
    • Minor Injury


Taking Ibuprofen Safely

Like all medicines, patients should be aware of potential side effects, allergic reaction. In some cases Ibuprofen may (or may not) be the most appropriate medicine. Any queries can be answered by a medical professional such as your GP or pharmacist.   Alternatively, if you are a ClearChemist customer – you may wish to seek advice from our experienced pharmacists.