NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia.

paracetamol and ibuprofen

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about IBUPANE tablets.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you taking IBUPANE tablets against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Keep this information with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.

What are IBUPANE tablets used for

IBUPANE tablets contains two ingredients paracetamol and ibuprofen that together deliver temporary relief of acute (short term) pain and/or inflammation associated with headache, migraine headache, tension headache, sinus pain, toothache, dental procedures, backache, muscular aches and pains, period pain, sore throat, tennis elbow, rheumatic pain and arthritis, and the aches and pains associated with colds and flu. Reduces fever.
Paracetamol works to stop the pain messages from getting through to the brain. Paracetamol also acts in the brain to reduce fever.
Ibuprofen belongs to a family of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). This group of medicines work by relieving pain, inflammation (swelling, redness, soreness) and fever.
Your doctor or pharmacist may have given you this medicine for another use.
IBUPANE tablets are not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
If you want more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Before you take IBUPANE tablets

When you must not take it

You should not take IBUPANE tablets if you are allergic to:
Other NSAIDs or any of the ingredients listed under "Product Description".
The symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Shortness of breath
Wheezing or difficulty breathing
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
Rash, itching or hives on the skin
Stomach ache, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, fainting
If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAIDs medicines and take IBUPANE tablets these symptoms may be severe.
Do not take IBUPANE tablets if you are also taking any other medicines that contain one or more NSAID medicine, whether prescribed by your doctor or obtained without prescription.
Several medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or NSAIDs. If you are not sure if the medicines you are taking contain these ingredients, ask your pharmacist.
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Like most medicines of this kind, IBUPANE is not recommended to be used during pregnancy.
Use of IBUPANE may cause the baby to have kidney problems leading to a low amount of amniotic fluid inside the uterus and in some cases kidney problems in the newborn.
Do not take this medicine if you have any of the following conditions:
Heart problems
Liver or kidney disease
Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other acute breathing difficulties
Bleeding from the rectum (back passage), have black sticky bowel motions (stools) or bloody diarrhoea
If you have a stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer or if you have had either of these conditions or gastric bleeding or other gastrointestinal diseases in the past
If you have had bleeding episodes which cannot be explained
Recent vomiting of blood or material that look like coffee grounds
Some of the symptoms of liver problems may include:
Feeling tired
Itching of the skin
Yellow colouring of your skin
“Flu-like” symptoms
Tenderness in your abdomen
If you develop any of these symptoms or heart problems, talk to your doctor.
Do not take this medicine if you regularly drink large quantities of alcohol.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about taking IBUPANE tablets if you are breastfeeding or planning to breast-fed.
Do not give IBUPANE tablets to children aged under 12 years.
Do not take if you are aged 65 years or older.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about taking IBUPANE tablets if you are over 65 years of age and have kidney or respiratory problems.
Do not give IBUPANE tablets to dehydrated adolescents.
Do not use it after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. If you take it after the expiry date it may have no effect at all, or worse, have an entirely unexpected effect.
Do not use IBUPANE tablets if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Before you start to take it

Do not take IBUPANE tablets with other medicines containing paracetamol or ibuprofen, aspirin, salicylates or with any other anti-inflammatory medicines, unless advised to do so by a doctor or pharmacist.
You must tell your pharmacist or doctor if:
You have allergies to any ingredients listed under "Product Description" at the end of this leaflet.
You have severe skin reactions such as extensive skin rash known as DRESS with following reactions such as fever, rash, enlargement of lymph nodes and/or facial swelling, kidney problems, blood disorder, inflammation of the heart, muscle weakness/pain
You suffer from hayfever, nasal polyps or have chronic respiratory disorders. These may increase the risk of an allergic reaction occurring
You have any ever had of these conditions:
Liver, kidney or heart problems
Asthma, or have suffered in the past from asthma.
You drink large quantities of alcohol
You have a history or drug or alcohol abuse
Recent surgery on the stomach or intestines
Previous history of ulcers
Autoimmune problems (where your own immune system mistakenly attacks substances naturally occurring in your body)
Have recently had major surgery
have a metabolic disorder
have a blood platelet disorder
If you currently have any of these conditions you should not take this medicine.
Ask your pharmacist about taking this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Small amounts of ibuprofen and paracetamol pass into the breast milk.

Taking other medicines

Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are using any other medicines including any of the following medicines:
other paracetamol containing products, analgesics, other medicines for pain relief
Aspirin, salicylates or other NSAID medicines.
Warfarin or other medicines used to stop blood clots or thin the blood.
antiplatelet agents and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Zidovudine a medicine used to treat HIV infection.
Lithium and other medicines used to treat depression or anxiety e.g. MAOIs (even if taken within the last 14 days).
Medicines to treat epilepsy
Metoclopramide, a medicine used to control nausea and vomiting
Propantheline, a drug used to treat stomach ulcers
Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic used to treat ear and eye infections
Medicines used to relieve stomach cramps or spasms
Corticosteroids such as prednisone, prednisolone and cortisone, which reduce the activity of your immune system
Probenecid, as drug used to treat high uric acid levels in blood associated with gout
Colestyramine, as drug used to reduce blood cholesterol
Methotrexate, a medicine used to treat arthritis and some types of cancer
Diuretics, also called fluid tablets
Medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart failure or other heart conditions
Medicines used to treat diabetes. These medicines may be affected by IBUPANE tablets or affect how well IBUPANE tablets work.
IBUPANE may hide signs of infections such as fever and pain. It is therefore possible that IBUPANE may delay appropriate treatment of infection, which may lead to an increased risk of complications.
This has been observed in patients with serious lung infections (also called pneumonia) caused by bacteria and bacterial skin infections related to chickenpox. If you take this medicine while you have an infection and your symptoms of the infection persist or worsen, consult a doctor without delay.
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.
You should also tell your pharmacist or doctor about any other medicines that you have bought without a prescription from either your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
If you have not told your pharmacist or doctor about any of these things, tell him/her before you take any IBUPANE tablets.

How to take IBUPANE tablets

The label on your pack IBUPANE tablets will tell you how to take your medicine and how often. If you are unsure about the directions ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How much to take

The usual dose of IBUPANE tablets are:
Adults under 65 and children over 12 years: 1 tablets three times a day when necessary (every 8 hours).

How long to take it

Adults: Do not take this medicine for longer than 3 days at a time unless advised to by a doctor.
Adolescents 12 - 17 years: Do not take this medicine for longer than 2 days at a time, unless advised to by a doctor.
Do not take more than 3 tablets in a 24 hour period.
Keep to the recommended dose. If IBUPANE tablets are not adequately controlling your pain, do not increase the dose. Please see your doctor.
Do not give this medicine to children under 12 years of age.
As with other NSAIDs, excessive or prolonged use of ibuprofen may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or liver damage.
If your symptoms persist, worsen or new symptoms develop, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

How to take it

Swallow tablet whole with a little water or other liquid.
The directions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor may be different from the information in this leaflet. If you are unsure what dose to take ask your pharmacist or doctor.

If you take too much (Overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone in Australia 13 11 26, telephone in NZ 0800764766) for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much IBUPANE tablets.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage and kidney failure with an overdose of paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Keep telephone numbers of these places handy.
If you take too many tablets you may feel nauseous or have upset stomach, experience vomiting and gastric irritation, feel light headed, dizzy or drowsy. Excitability, convulsions, and unconsciousness may be experienced in rare cases.

While you are taking IBUPANE tablets

Things you must do

Take IBUPANE tablets exactly as your pharmacist or doctor has told you to.
Tell all your doctors, dentists and pharmacists that you are taking IBUPANE tablets.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you become pregnant while taking IBUPANE tablets.

Things you must NOT do

Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaint unless your doctor or pharmacist says it is safe. Do not give this medicine to anyone else even if they have the same symptoms as you.
Adults under 65: Do not take this medicine for longer than 3 days at a time unless advised to by a doctor.
Adolescents 12 – 17 years: Do not take this medicine for longer than 2 days at a time, unless advised to by a doctor.
Do not give this medicine to children under 12 years of age or for adults 65 years of age and over.
Do not take more than the recommended dose unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not take this medicine if you are taking other medicines that contain aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, salicylates or other anti-inflammatory medicines or other medicines for pain relief.

Things to be careful of

IBUPANE tablets may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people, especially after the first dose.
If affected do not drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or drowsy. Children should not ride bikes if affected and should be supervised to avoid potential harm.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Drinking large quantities of alcohol while taking paracetamol may increase the risk of liver side effects.

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking IBUPANE tablets.
Like other medicines, IBUPANE tablets can cause some side effects. If they occur, they are most likely minor and temporary. However, sometimes they are serious and need medical treatment.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Stomach pain
Heartburn, indigestion
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how IBUPANE tablets affect you.
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually mild.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Skin rashes
Yellowing of the skin and eyes also called jaundice
Painful red areas with blisters and peeling layers of skin which may be accompanied by fever and/or chills
Flushing of the face
Fast heartbeat.
The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare for low doses of this medicine and when used for a short period of time.
If any of the following happen, stop taking IBUPANE tablets and tell your pharmacist or doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.
Bleeding from the back passage, black sticky bowel motions (stools) or bloody diarrhoea.
Swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
Swelling of other parts of the body
Asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath, pain or tightness in the chest
Sudden or severe itching, skin rash, hives, skin peeling
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
If you believe IBUPANE tablets are not working well for you, do not increase the dose. Please see your pharmacist or doctor.
Some people may get other side effects not listed above.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor you notice anything else that making you feel unwell.

After taking IBUPANE tablets


Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the box or the blister pack they will not keep well.
Keep IBUPANE tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Do not leave IBUPANE tablets in the car on hot days.
Do not store IBUPANE tablets or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Keep IBUPANE tablets where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one and a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.


If your pharmacist or doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
This is not all the information that is available on IBUPANE tablets. If you have any more questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Product Description

What it looks like

IBUPANE tablets come as white to off white, oval shaped biconvex, film-coated pearlescent tablet plain on both sides.
It is available in packs of 12 and 24 tablets.


Each IBUPANE tablet contains the following active ingredients:
Paracetamol 500 mg
Ibuprofen 200 mg
The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
Pregelatinised maize starch
Microcrystalline cellulose
Colloidal anhydrous silica
Magnesium stearate
Purified talc
Titanium dioxide
OPADRY fx special effects film coating system 63F97546 SILVER (ARTG PI No: 106945).


IBUPANE tablets are supplied in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd trading as Viatris
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: 1800 274 276
Australian registration number:
IBUPANE paracetamol 500 mg and ibuprofen 200 mg film coated tablets
AUST R 267396
This leaflet was prepared in December 2022.
IBUPANE® is a Viatris company trade mark