Ibuprofen is sold with the brand names Advil, Motrin and Ibuprin. Motrin belongs to a class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which acts by preventing prostaglandins-chemicals that cause inflammation in the body.

Motrin is available both in tablets and capsules. Motrin is also combined with other drugs sold on the counter for cold, cough and migraine. However in special situation, Motrin can be given in liquid forms through the veins or intravenously. Motrin bought over the counter is available in tablets or capsules of 200mg and the prescription doses comes in 400mg, 600mg and 800mg.


For adults and children over 12years old, the recommended dosage of Motrin is one to two tablets of Motrin four to six hours as prescribed. However, do not take more than 2400mg of Motrin in a day. For prescription doses, do not take more than 3200g of Motrin in a day; 400mg to 800mg every six to eight hours. Patient suffering from bone and joint pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis should take ranges of 300mg, 400mg, 600mg or 800mg every 6 to 8 hours and the dosage shouldn’t exceed 3200mg daily.

Common side effects of Motrin includes:

Stomach ache, heartburn, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, constipation and ringing in the ears. Severe side effects of Motrin should be reported to the doctor: low platelet count, traces of blood in the urine, urinary tract infection, low red blood cell count, agranulocytosis- a condition in which the bone marrow cannot make enough white blood cells, high blood pressure as a result of long term use of Motrin, skin reactions such as Stephenson-Johnson syndrome, heart attack and inflammation of the liver.

Patients should inform their doctors all prescription they are taking, herbal remedies, nutritional or dietary drugs before onset of Motrin medication. For patients on aspirin and cancer medications, alternatives to Motrin should be prescribed. Motrin interacts with blood thinners, anti-depressants, and water pills, Motrin should not be taken in combination with these medications. It should be noted that some herbal remedies thins the blood and may increase blood pressure; these remedies should not be taken with Motrin because the combination increases bleeding risk; the herbal remedies includes ginseng, ginger, garlic, nettle and green tea.

Motrin and Alcohol?

Do not drink alcohol while on Motrin medication, it increases the dangers of stomach bleeds and can also cause kidney damage. Warning: patients who have allergic reactions to Motrin or any of its active ingredient should avoid Motrin; long-term dose of Motrin damages the stomach lining and gives rise to ulcer and heart burn. Also, patients who are about to undergo heart surgery especially coronary artery bypass graft should not take Motrin. Patients should be careful with Motrin dosages.