Duexis vs. Ibuprofen

Are Duexis and Ibuprofen the Same Thing?

Duexis (ibuprofen and famotidine) and ibuprofen are used to treat signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Duexis is used when there is a high risk of developing upper gastrointestinal ulcers.

Ibuprofen is also used to treat primary dysmenorrhea.

Both Duexis and ibuprofen are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but Duexis also contains a histamine H2-receptor antagonist.

Brand names for ibuprofen include Advil, Motrin, NeoProfen, and Caldolor.

Ibuprofen is available over-the-counter (OTC) and as a generic.

Side effects of Duexis and ibuprofen that are similar include stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, or blurred vision.

Side effects of Duexis that are different from ibuprofen include upset stomach, throat irritation, changes in color vision, or back pain.

Side effects of ibuprofen that are different from Duexis include nervousness, skin itching or rash, or ringing in the ears.

Both Duexis and ibuprofen may interact with blood thinners, antidepressants, or cold, allergy, or pain medicines that contain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Ibuprofen may also interact with alcohol, aspirin, lithium, methotrexate, heart or blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), or steroids.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Duexis?

Common side effects of Duexis include:

  • stomach pain,
  • upset stomach,
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • heartburn,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • throat irritation,
  • blurred vision,
  • changes in color vision, or
  • back pain.

Duexis can cause serious or fatal side effects including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ibuprofen?

Common side effects of Ibuprofen include:

  • stomach pain,
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • heartburn,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • nervousness,
  • skin itching or rash,
  • blurred vision, or
  • ringing in the ears.

Other side effects of Ibuprofen may occur. Consult your physician if you experience any possible side effects of Ibuprofen.

What Is Duexis?

Duexis (ibuprofen and famotidine) is a combination of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and a histamine H2-receptor antagonist used to treat signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and to decrease the risk of developing upper gastrointestinal ulcers.

What Is Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) indicated for relief of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, for relief of mild to moderate pain, and for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. A generic formulation is available.

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What Drugs Interact With Duexis?

Duexis may interact with ACE-inhibitors. Duexis contains ibuprofen and may interact with anticoagulant medication such as Warfarin (Coumadin). Tell your doctor all medications you use. Duexis should not be given to women in late stages of pregnancy. There is potential for adverse reactions in nursing infants; consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Duexis Be Taken?

Duexis is dosed as 800 mg/26.6 mg tablets, taken orally, three times per day.

How Should Ibuprofen Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Motrin should be adjusted to suit individual patients needs but should not exceed 3200 mg in the total daily dose. Use of alcohol and smoking could increase side effects. Safe use of Motrin for use by children has not been established. It is not known whether ibuprofen is harmful to an unborn baby.

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References
Horizon Pharma USA, Inc. Duexis Product Information.
https://www.duexis.com
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Motrin (Ibuprofen) Product Information.
https://www.motrin.com

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