The reddish brown, round pill with the imprint G2 has been identified as Ibuprofen 200 mg. It is supplied by Rugby. Ibuprofen is an NSAID, which is a type of medication with analgesic, fever-reducing, and, in higher doses, anti-inflammatory properties. The World Health Organization (WHO) includes ibuprofen on its list of essential medicines. The list states the minimum medical needs for a basic healthcare system.
Ibuprofen reduces pain, fever, swelling, and inflammation by blocking the production of cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2. The body releases these substances in response to illness and injury. If a person takes ibuprofen by mouth, they should notice the effects after 20–30 minutes.
How should I take G2 pill?
The dosage will depend on the reason for taking ibuprofen and a person’s age. It is essential to take the correct dosage to minimize the risk of side effects. It is best to take it with food or a drink of milk to reduce the risk of an upset stomach.
For mild to moderate pain, a person can take 400 milligrams (mg) every 4–6 hours. The maximum dose in 1 day is 3,200 mg. For other purposes, a doctor will recommend the dosage. They will also monitor the person for adverse effects and adjust the dose as necessary.
What are the side effects of G2 pill?
The most common adverse effects of ibuprofen are gastrointestinal. They include:
- diarrhea or constipation
- nausea and vomiting
Among other likely side effects are:
- skin rash
- edema, or fluid retention
If a person feels dizzy after taking ibuprofen, they should not drive or operate machinery.
Who should not use it?
G2 pill is not suitable for people who have previously had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs or who have just had or are going to have heart surgery.
It may also not be appropriate for those who:
- have repeated stomach problems, such as heartburn or abdominal pain
- have stomach ulcers
- have bleeding problems
- have high blood pressure
- have heart disease
- have kidney disease
- are aged over 60 years
- have taken a diuretic
- are using other NSAIDs or pain relief medication
- are using anticoagulants
- are receiving treatment for any serious condition
- have chickenpox or shingles
- have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- have liver problems
People who are already using any type of medication should ask a healthcare professional for advice before taking ibuprofen.
Side effects can arise within the first weeks of using this drug. The risk may be greater with a higher dose or long-term use or if a person has a history of heart disease.
The FDA calls on people to be aware of this possible problem and to seek immediate medical attention if they experience chest pain, difficulty breathing, sudden weakness in one part or side of the body, or sudden slurred speech.
A person should consult a doctor or qualified pharmacist if they are unsure about whether to use ibuprofen.
When to stop using it
People should stop using ibuprofen and contact a doctor if they experience:
- faintness or blood in vomit or stool
- pain that gets worse or lasts longer than 10 days
- a fever that worsens or lasts longer than 3 days
- swelling or change in skin color in the area of pain
- any new symptoms.
Some people may have an allergy to the ingredients of ibuprofen.
Allergic symptoms include:
- hives, change in skin color, blistering, or a rash
- facial swelling
- wheezing and difficulty breathing
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should stop using the drug.
In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may occur, and a person will have difficulty breathing. This is life threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
Pregnancy and nursing
People should not use ibuprofen at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, as it could lead to low levels of amniotic fluid. A person should seek guidance from a healthcare professional before using any medication during pregnancy or when nursing.
Medications that interact with G2 pill
Sometimes, one medication can interfere with the effects of another. Specialists refer to this as drug interaction.
Drugs that may interact with ibuprofen include:
- oral hypoglycemics
- high dose methotrexate
- medication for lowering blood pressure
- angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
This may not be an exhaustive list of drugs that interact with ibuprofen. Anyone who is considering using ibuprofen should ask a pharmacist or doctor whether it is safe to do so with their existing medication.