Description and Brand Names

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Descriptions


Diphenhydramine and ibuprofen combination is used to relieve trouble sleeping caused by minor aches and pains. It also helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used in this combination to relieve inflammation, swelling, and pain.

This medicine is available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet

Before Using

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of diphenhydramine and ibuprofen combination in children younger than 12 years of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of diphenhydramine and ibuprofen combination in geriatric patients.

Breastfeeding

Diphenhydramine

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Ibuprofen

Studies in women suggest that this medication poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Calcium Oxybate
  • Ketorolac
  • Magnesium Oxybate
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Potassium Oxybate
  • Sodium Oxybate
  • Tranylcypromine

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Abciximab
  • Aceclofenac
  • Acemetacin
  • Acenocoumarol
  • Alfentanil
  • Alprazolam
  • Amantadine
  • Amifampridine
  • Amiloride
  • Amineptine
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amitriptylinoxide
  • Amoxapine
  • Amtolmetin Guacil
  • Anagrelide
  • Apixaban
  • Ardeparin
  • Argatroban
  • Asciminib
  • Aspirin
  • Balsalazide
  • Bemetizide
  • Bemiparin
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Benzhydrocodone
  • Benzthiazide
  • Betamethasone
  • Betrixaban
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate
  • Bivalirudin
  • Bromazepam
  • Bromfenac
  • Bromopride
  • Budesonide
  • Bufexamac
  • Bumetanide
  • Buprenorphine
  • Bupropion
  • Butorphanol
  • Cangrelor
  • Cannabidiol
  • Cannabis
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Celecoxib
  • Certoparin
  • Cetirizine
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate
  • Choline Salicylate
  • Cilostazol
  • Citalopram
  • Clobazam
  • Clomipramine
  • Clonazepam
  • Clonixin
  • Clopamide
  • Clopidogrel
  • Clozapine
  • Codeine
  • Cortisone
  • Cyclopenthiazide
  • Cyclosporine
  • Cyclothiazide
  • Dabigatran Etexilate
  • Dalteparin
  • Danaparoid
  • Daridorexant
  • Deflazacort
  • Desipramine
  • Desirudin
  • Desmopressin
  • Desvenlafaxine
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dexibuprofen
  • Dexketoprofen
  • Dexmedetomidine
  • Diazoxide
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  • Diclofenac
  • Diflunisal
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  • Edoxaban
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  • Esketamine
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Etodolac
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  • Etoricoxib
  • Etozolin
  • Felbinac
  • Fenoprofen
  • Fentanyl
  • Fepradinol
  • Feprazone
  • Feverfew
  • Flibanserin
  • Floctafenine
  • Fluconazole
  • Flufenamic Acid
  • Fluocortolone
  • Fluoxetine
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Fondaparinux
  • Furosemide
  • Gabapentin
  • Gabapentin Enacarbil
  • Ginkgo
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  • Glycopyrrolate
  • Glycopyrronium Tosylate
  • Gossypol
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  • Hydrocodone
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  • Hydromorphone
  • Iloprost
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  • Indapamide
  • Indomethacin
  • Inotersen
  • Ketamine
  • Ketoprofen
  • Lacosamide
  • Lemborexant
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  • Levomilnacipran
  • Levorphanol
  • Linezolid
  • Lithium
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  • Lornoxicam
  • Loxapine
  • Loxoprofen
  • Lumacaftor
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  • Meadowsweet
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  • Melitracen
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  • Methacholine
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  • Methylprednisolone
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  • Metolazone
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  • Morniflumate
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  • Niflumic Acid
  • Nimesulide
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  • Nortriptyline
  • Olanzapine
  • Olsalazine Sodium
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  • Paramethasone
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  • Piketoprofen
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  • Prasugrel
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  • Protein C
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  • Revefenacin
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  • Rofecoxib
  • Ropeginterferon Alfa-2b-njft
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Salsalate
  • Scopolamine
  • Secretin Human
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  • Sodium Salicylate
  • Spironolactone
  • Sufentanil
  • Sulfasalazine
  • Sulfinpyrazone
  • Sulindac
  • Sulodexide
  • Tacrolimus
  • Tapentadol
  • Tenofovir Alafenamide
  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
  • Tenoxicam
  • Tianeptine
  • Tiaprofenic Acid
  • Ticagrelor
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  • Valdecoxib
  • Venlafaxine
  • Vilazodone
  • Vorapaxar
  • Vortioxetine
  • Warfarin
  • Xipamide
  • Zolpidem
  • Zuranolone

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acebutolol
  • Amikacin
  • Atenolol
  • Azilsartan
  • Azilsartan Medoxomil
  • Benazepril
  • Betaxolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Candesartan
  • Captopril
  • Carteolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Celiprolol
  • Enalapril
  • Enalaprilat
  • Eprosartan
  • Esmolol
  • Fosinopril
  • Irbesartan
  • Labetalol
  • Levobunolol
  • Lisinopril
  • Losartan
  • Metipranolol
  • Metoprolol
  • Moexipril
  • Nadolol
  • Nebivolol
  • Olmesartan
  • Oxprenolol
  • Penbutolol
  • Perindopril
  • Pindolol
  • Propranolol
  • Quinapril
  • Ramipril
  • Sotalol
  • Spirapril
  • Telmisartan
  • Timolol
  • Trandolapril
  • Valsartan

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following is usually not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use this medicine, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

  • Ethanol
  • Tobacco

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Allergy to aspirin or
  • Asthma or
  • Glaucoma or
  • Heart attack, history of or
  • Heart disease or
  • High blood pressure or
  • Kidney disease or
  • Liver disease (eg, cirrhosis) or
  • Lung or breathing problems (eg, emphysema, bronchitis) or
  • Stomach problems (eg, ulcers, bleeding, heartburn), history of or
  • Stroke, history of or
  • Trouble urinating caused by an enlarged prostate—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Heart surgery—Should not be used to relieve pain right before or after the surgery.
  • Trouble sleeping without pain—Should not be used in patients with this condition.

Proper Use

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Do not use this medicine if you have time for a full night's sleep.

Follow the instructions on the medicine label.

You may take this medicine with milk or food to avoid stomach upset.

Do not use this medicine if you are using other products (eg, skin products) that contain diphenhydramine.

Do not drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks while you are using this medicine. Drinking alcoholic beverages while taking this medicine may increase your risk of liver damage and stomach bleeding.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For trouble sleeping caused by minor aches and pains, and to help you fall asleep and stay asleep:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—2 tablets taken at bedtime. Each tablet contains 38 milligrams (mg) diphenhydramine and 200 mg ibuprofen. Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions

It is very important that your doctor check your or your child's progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.

If your or your child's symptoms do not improve (eg, pain for more than 10 days or trouble sleeping for more than 2 weeks), or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

Using this medicine during the later part of a pregnancy can harm your unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

This medicine may raise your risk of having a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. This is more likely in people who already have heart disease or in people who use this medicine for a longer time.

This medicine may cause bleeding in your stomach. This problem can happen without warning signs. This is more likely if you have had a stomach ulcer in the past, if you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, if you are over 60 years of age, are in poor health, or are using certain other medicines (eg, steroid medicine, blood thinner).

This medicine may cause some people to become drowsy. Even if taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or non-prescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Incidence not known

  1. Bloody or black, tarry stools
  2. chest pain, discomfort, or tightness
  3. confusion
  4. constipation
  5. decreased urine output
  6. diarrhea
  7. difficulty in speaking
  8. dilated neck veins
  9. double vision
  10. headache
  11. heartburn
  12. inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
  13. inability to speak
  14. indigestion
  15. irregular breathing
  16. irregular heartbeat
  17. nausea
  18. pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  19. severe stomach pain
  20. slow speech
  21. stomach cramping or burning
  22. sweating
  23. swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  24. trouble breathing
  25. vomiting
  26. vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  27. weight gain

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.