That little white pill with the numbers 44 438 on it is known as Ibuprofen (Dye Free) 200 mg. Supplied by LNK International, Inc. Doctors sometimes prescribe this ibuprofen to help with pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness from osteoarthritis (that’s when your joints’ lining breaks down) or rheumatoid arthritis (that’s when your joints’ lining gets all swollen). It’s also good for milder pain, like the kind you might feel during your period.
You can still use ibuprofen without prescription. It’s great for lowering fevers and for calming down little aches and pains like headaches, muscle soreness, arthritis, period cramps, colds, toothaches, and backaches. Ibuprofen is part of a group of medicines called NSAIDs. It works by telling your body to stop making something that causes pain, fever, and swelling.
How to use 44 438 pill
Before you start taking the 44 438 pill, make sure to read all the instructions on the package. If your doctor prescribed it, read the Medication Guide that your pharmacist gave you along with the pill. Any questions you have can be answered by your doctor or pharmacist.
When you take this medicine, swallow it with a full glass of water (about 8 ounces or 240 milliliters). Usually, you’ll take it every 4 to 6 hours. Your doctor might have different instructions, so follow those. After you take the pill, don’t lie down for at least 10 minutes. If your stomach feels funny when you take it, try having it with food, milk, or an antacid.
The amount you take depends on your condition and how you respond to treatment. To avoid problems like stomach bleeding, try to take the smallest effective amount for the shortest time. Don’t take more than your doctor or the label says. If you’re using it for a condition like arthritis, keep following your doctor’s instructions.
For some things like arthritis, it might take about two weeks of using this medicine regularly before you feel the best effects.
Remember, if you’re using this medicine only when you need it (not on a schedule), use it as soon as you feel the pain. Waiting until the pain gets worse might make the medicine not work as well.
If your situation doesn’t get better, or it’s getting worse, or if you think something serious is going on, get medical help as soon as you can. If you’re using this medicine without a prescription for a fever or pain, talk to a doctor if the fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days, or if the pain gets worse or lasts over 10 days.
What Are the Effects of the 44 438 Pill?
The 44 438 pill might lead to certain effects. Let your doctor know if any of these signs are strong or don’t go away:
There are some effects that could be serious. If you notice any of these signs, reach out to your doctor right away. Don’t take more ibuprofen until you’ve talked to your doctor.
- Having a fever
- Developing blisters
- Gaining weight without a clear reason
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Speaking with a hoarse voice
- Being extremely tired
- Feeling short of breath or having trouble breathing
- Swelling in your belly, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Getting a rash or itching
- Having hives
- Swelling in your eyes, face, throat, arms, or hands
- Feeling pain on the upper right side of your belly
- Losing your appetite
- Yellowing of your skin or eyes
- Having symptoms like the flu
- Skin becoming pale
- Heartbeat getting faster
- Urine being cloudy, discolored, or having blood
- Experiencing back pain
- Urinating with difficulty or pain
- Having vision problems like blurry or different-colored vision
- Eyes becoming red or painful
- Neck feeling stiff
- Having a headache
- Feeling confused
- Acting aggressively
Ibuprofen could lead to other effects too. If you notice anything unusual while taking this medicine, get in touch with your doctor.
If a serious effect happens, you or your doctor can report it to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. You can do this online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by calling 1-800-332-1088.
which medication can interact with 44 438 pill?
Mixing medicines can change how they work or make serious side effects more likely. This information doesn’t cover every possible interaction. It’s a good idea to keep track of all the things you use, like prescriptions, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products, and let your doctor and pharmacist know. Don’t start, stop, or change your medicine doses without talking to your doctor first.
Some things might not go well with the 44 438 pill. These include aliskiren, ACE inhibitors like captopril and lisinopril, angiotensin II receptor blockers like losartan and valsartan, cidofovir, corticosteroids like prednisone, lithium, and diuretics (also known as “water pills”) like furosemide.
Taking this medicine with others might make you bleed more easily. For example, drugs like clopidogrel, dabigatran, enoxaparin, and warfarin can cause bleeding. Check labels on prescription and non-prescription drugs carefully. Many have pain relievers or fever reducers, like aspirin, NSAIDs such as celecoxib, ketorolac, or naproxen. These are like ibuprofen and could increase side effects. However, if your doctor has told you to take low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes (usually 81-162 milligrams a day), keep taking it unless they say otherwise. But if you need something for pain or fever, think about using a different medicine like acetaminophen. If you have to use ibuprofen, talk to your doctor about taking instant-release aspirin (not enteric-coated) while using ibuprofen. Take ibuprofen at least 8 hours before or 2 hours after aspirin. Don’t change your aspirin dose or the way you take aspirin and other meds without asking your doctor.