Brand: Yaprofen, Advil, Motrin, Nuprin
Yaprofen is a pain reliever and antipyretic drug under the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) group, used to treat mild pain such a headache, toothache, menstrual cramps, muscle pain and joint pain from arthritis.
This medication blocks the natural substances produced by the body that cause inflammation to relieve pain, swelling and fever.
Read your medication guide and follow your doctor’s prescription at all times.
- Take Yaprofen orally/by mouth with 4- 6 hours interval between doses per doctor’s prescription. Take this medication with food, milk or antacid if you experienced stomach upset and avoid lying down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug.
- The dosage depends on your medical condition, treatment response or weight (for children). Do not adjust your dose without your doctor’s recommendation.
- Avoid alcohol intake and activities that require mental alertness (i.e. driving, operating machinery) because this medication can cause dizziness.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol intake while on Yaprofen to prevent stomach bleeding.
- Avoid over exposure to sunlight and other artificial sources of ultraviolet rays (i.e. tanning booth) because this medication can make you hypersensitive to sunlight. As much as possible, wear protective clothes (i.e. long sleeves) or apply sunscreen when you are outdoors to prevent sunburn.
- Continue taking this medication on a regular schedule (same time of the day). Do not stop your intake of this medication abruptly without consulting your doctor.
- If you are taking Yaprofen whenever necessary only (not on regular schedule) or during sudden bouts of pain, take it at the very onset/ beginning of pain because pain relievers are more effective when the pain is not yet severe.
Inform your doctor immediately if your condition aggravates or does not improve.
Take your missed dose as soon as possible if you are taking this medication on a regular schedule (not as needed only). However, make sure that the time interval between the missed and the next dose is not too close.
Otherwise, stick with the regular schedule and leave out the missed dose. Do not double dose to cover up a missed dose. Record your missed dose and inform your doctor immediately if you missed several doses.
Yaprofen may interact with:
- Captopril, losartan, valsartan or other high blood pressure medications
- Clopidogrel or other antiplatelet drugs
- Warfarin or other blood thinners
- Fluoxetine, sertraline or other SSRI antidepressants
- Ketorolac, naproxen, celecoxib or other NSAIDs
Some drugs may either lessen the beneficial effects or worsen the side effects of Yaprofen. Likewise, Yaprofen may make some drugs less efficient or intensify their side effects.
Make sure to inform your doctor about all other drugs you are currently taking or using (prescribed and non-prescribed medications including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products) to check for possible drug interaction with Yaprofen.
Never alter the doses of other medications while on Yaprofen neither stop nor start any medicine without the doctor’s recommendation.
Side Effects: There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.
Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:
Before taking Yaprofen, tell your health care provider if you have/are:
- Any allergies to any substance, food or medication, particularly to Yaprofen or other NSAIDs (i.e. aspirin, naproxen)
- Medical history or a present condition such as:
- Pregnant, planning to get pregnant or currently breastfeeding a child (Yaprofen can harm the unborn child but it is unknown if it can pass through breast milk that may harm the nursing child. The risks and benefits of using this medication during pregnancy must be discussed well with your doctor).