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Ibuprofen is both an over-the-counter and a prescription medication. The prescription
form is used to relieve signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis,
mild to moderate pain, and is also used to treat primary dysmenorrhea. The prescription
ibuprofen comes in a tablet, an oral suspension, and in the injectable forms, and may be taken
up to six times per day. It may be taken with food or milk to avoid stomach irritation.
Do not take more than 3.2 grams of ibuprofen per day. Common side effects of prescription
ibuprofen include nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, stomach irritation, or headache. It can also
cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication
will affect you. As is always the case, take this medication only if your healthcare provider
prescribes it for you. For RxWiki, I'm Lindsay Morrison.