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Buy Cuprofen Tablets Online

Cuprofen Maximum Strength tablets are a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), available over the counter. Similarly to Anadin and Nurofen, Cuprofen is a brand of ibuprofen. While these medicines work the same, you may find one particular brand is more effective or suitable for you.

Each Cuprofen Maximum Strength tablet contains 400mg of ibuprofen which reduces pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen is a common over the counter pain reliever which is sometimes found in cold and flu treatments, topical creams for joint pain and some syrups.

What is Cuprofen used for?

You can take Cuprofen to treat:

Cuprofen can also be used to reduce a fever brought on by a cold or flu.

If you are unsure whether Cuprofen would be suitable for you, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.

Where can I buy Cuprofen 400mg tablets?

You can buy Cuprofen Maximum Strength 400mg tablets online from Prescription Doctor. Simply fill out our short online medical form for our pharmacy team to review.

If your order is approved before 3pm on a weekday, our pharmacy can dispatch your medicine the same day via a fast and discreet next-day delivery.

How does Cuprofen work?

The active ingredient of Cuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen blocks the cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzyme in the body, preventing them from making a pain-causing chemical called prostaglandins.

Injuries and infections can trigger the production of prostaglandins, which can can cause pain, inflammation and fever.

By blocking the production of prostaglandins, the pain and inflammation subsides.

How long does Cuprofen take to work?

When taken on an empty stomach, Cuprofen takes about 45 minutes to start working.

It may take up to 2 hours for Cuprofen tablets to work when taken on an empty stomach.

How do I take Cuprofen?

For adults, the usual dose is one tablet up to 3 times a day.

You should leave at least 4 hours between each dose.

Swallow Cuprofen 400mg tablets whole with a glass of water.

It is best to take Cuprofen tablets with food or with milk.

Do not crush or chew Cuprofen tablets.

Do not take more than 3 Cuprofen tablets a day.

If you are unsure how much Cuprofen to take, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.

What should I do if I forget to take Cuprofen when I should?

Cuprofen is usually taken when needed.

If you forget to take Cuprofen when you should, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time.

Do not take more Cuprofen to make up for the dose you missed.

What should I do if I take more Cuprofen than I should?

If you or somebody else accidentally takes more Cuprofen than they should, seek immediate medical attention by going directly to your nearest accident and emergency department.

Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you, so that doctors treating you know exactly what you took.

Cuprofen Side Effects and Cautions

Before you take Cuprofen Maximum Strength tablets, it’s important to read the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine. The patient information leaflet contains instructions on how to store, take and dispose Cuprofen tablets, as well as containing important information regarding the safety of the medicine.

You can view the patient information leaflet for Cuprofen online.

Who should not take Cuprofen tablets?

Cuprofen is not suitable for everyone.

Do not take Cuprofen if you:

  • have or have had more than 2 episodes of stomach ulcers, perforation or bleeding of the stomach
  • are taking more than 75mg of aspirin a day
  • have severe heart, kidney or liver failure
  • are in the last 3 months (third trimester) of pregnancy

Speak to your doctor before you take Cuprofen if you:

  • are elderly
  • have heart problems, previous stroke, or are at risk of these conditions (if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or are a smoker)
  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • suffer from asthma, hayfever or other allergy diseases

If you are unsure whether Cuprofen is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

Side effects of Cuprofen

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. Being aware of the side effects and looking out for them during your course of treatment is important to your care.

Stop taking Cuprofen and speak to your doctor if you experience:

  • Blood disorders such as anaemia, low white blood cells, low platelet count, or suppressed bone marrow function; may cause symptoms such as unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, mouth ulcers, fever, paleness and fatigue
  • Blood in urine, kidney damage, kidney failure, liver problems such as hepatitis or jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • In rare cases, aseptic meningitis; headache, stiff neck, disorientation, fever, sensitivity to light. Seek immediate medical attention if this occurs.
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Pain in your stomach or other abdominal symptoms

Cuprofen (ibuprofen) and other NSAIDs can cause heartburn in some people. One of our online doctors can prescribe complimentary treatments such as Omeprazole or Lansoprazole to combat this.

Side effects of Cuprofen may include:

  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • flatulence
  • headaches
  • nausea and indigestion
  • skin rashes, in rare cases
  • vomiting
  • worsening of existing bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Cuprofen can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for advice.


Do not take Cuprofen if you are allergic to ibuprofen or any of Cuprofen’s other ingredients, listed in the patient information leaflet.

Cuprofen tablets contain lactose. Do not take Cuprofen if you are sensitive to some sugars. Speak to your doctor for further advice.

If you experience an allergic reaction after taking Cuprofen, stop taking the medicine and seek immediate medical attention. Go straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining tablets with you so that doctors treating you know exactly what you took.

Signs of allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Can I take Cuprofen while pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or midwife for advice before taking Cuprofen.

Do not take Cuprofen if you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Ibuprofen is passed through breast milk in very small amounts. It is unlikely to cause harm in breastfed infants.

Other safety information

Inform our medical team of all medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor or bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.

Do not take Cuprofen tablets past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date usually refers to the last day of the specified month. For example, “EXP: 05/25” refers to the 31st of May 2025.

Never throw away medicines via household or water waste as it can damage the environment. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose it for you.

Always store medicines out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition as you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cuprofen Tablets

Can I drink alcohol while taking Cuprofen?

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Cuprofen. Alcohol may increase your risk of side effects.

Will Cuprofen tablets affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

It is unlikely that Cuprofen will impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.

If you experience any side effects which might affect your concentration, such as dizziness, blurred vision or fatigue, do not drive or operate machinery until you feel safe to do so.

Will Cuprofen affect my contraception?

Cuprofen tablets does not affect hormonal contraceptive pills or the morning after pill.

Can Cuprofen affect my fertility?

Cuprofen can reduce fertility in women, though this effect is usually reversed once you stop taking it.

Can I take paracetamol and Cuprofen together?

Yes, it is safe to take paracetamol and Cuprofen together.

However, you should not take Cuprofen alongside other NSAIDs.

If you are unsure whether you can take Cuprofen with any other medicines you are taking, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.

Can I take Cuprofen with antibiotics?

Cuprofen may interact with certain antibiotics such as quinolone antibiotics (e.g. norfloxacine).

If you are taking antibiotics to treat an infection, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before taking Cuprofen to ensure it is safe to take.

Is Cuprofen the same as Ibuprofen?

Yes. Cuprofen is a brand of ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen is available under a number of names including Neurofen and Anadin.

How many Cuprofen tablets can I take?

You should not take more than 3 Cuprofen tablets in any 24 hour period.

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Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd, 2020. Cuprofen Tablets 400mg: Summary of Product Characteristics

NHS, 2019. NSAIDs

NHS, 2018. Ibuprofen for adults

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Cuprofen
  • Manufacturer: Reckitt Benckiser
  • Active Ingredient(s): Ibuprofen
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Tablets
  • Available Strength: 400mg
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Dosage: Take up to 3 tablets per day
  • Description: Cuprofen is a brand of ibuprofen which is used to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Drug Class: NSAID
  • Alcohol Consumption:
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before taking Cuprofen if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before taking Cuprofen if you are breastfeeding.
  • Related Drug: Ibuprofen
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