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What is Feminax?

Feminax Express contains ibuprofen lysine which is the lysine salt of ibuprofen. The ibuprofen is one of a group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which work to reduce pain, fever and swelling.

This medicine is used to relieve:

  • rheumatic and muscular pain, backache
  • neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • headache, migraine
  • dental pain, period pain
  • fever (high temperature)
  • the symptoms of colds and flu

How does Ibuprofen work?

Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause pain and swelling in the body. Ibuprofen is called by different brand names, including Nurofen, Brufen and Calprofen (syrup).

Who can and cannot take Ibuprofen?

Some brands of ibuprofen tablets, capsules and syrup contain aspartame, colourings (E numbers), gelatin, glucose, lactose, sodium, sorbitol, soya or sucrose, so they may be unsuitable for some people.

Do not take this drug 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

To make sure ibuprofen (by mouth or on your skin) is safe for you, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • had bleeding in your stomach, a stomach ulcer, or a hole (perforation) in your stomach
  • a health problem that means you have an increased chance of bleeding
  • liver problems, such as liver fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver failure
  • heart disease or severe heart failure
  • kidney failure
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • chickenpox or shingles – taking ibuprofen can increase the chance of certain infections and skin reactions

If you’re over 65 ibuprofen can make you more likely to get stomach ulcers. Your doctor will prescribe you a medicine to protect your stomach if you’re taking ibuprofen for a long term condition

What are some side effects of taking this drug?

Common side effects

The common side effects of ibuprofen happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:

  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Wind
  • Indigestion

Serious side effects

Call a doctor straight away if you have:

  • Black poo or blood in your vomit – these can be signs of bleeding in your stomach
  • Swollen ankles, blood in your pee or not peeing at all – these can be signs of a kidney problem
  • Severe chest or stomach pain – these can be signs of a hole in your stomach or gut
  • Difficulty breathing, or asthma symptoms that become worse