These medicines also help with some minor ailments, such as the common cold, by reducing aches, pain and high temperatures. Paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen also help reduce the inflammation seen in arthritis and sprains.
Bear in mind:
- Aspirin mustn’t be given to children under 16.
- Ibuprofen must be taken with caution if you have certain conditions, such as asthma – check with your pharmacist if in doubt.
- Pregnant women shouldn’t take ibuprofen – visit the bumps website to find out more about taking medicines when you’re pregnant.