RAFEN PLUS tablets contain two active ingredients:
Ibuprofen and Codeine phosphate.
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.
Codeine is an opioid analgesic that works in the brain and spinal cord to relieve pain.
RAFEN PLUS tablets relieve inflammation and strong pain associated with migraine headache, tension headache, headache, period pain, dental pain, back pain, neuralgia, rheumatic pain, arthritic pain and muscular pain.
RAFEN PLUS tablets are not recommended for use in children under the age of 12 years.
Do not take RAFEN PLUS if you have an allergy to:
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include:
If you are allergic to Aspirin or NSAID group of medicines and take RAFEN PLUS tablets, these symptoms may be severe.
Do not take RAFEN PLUS 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 RAFEN PLUS during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
Unless advised by a medical doctor, do not take RAFEN PLUS tablets during pregnancy. NSAIDs should not be taken during pregnancy.
Do not take RAFEN PLUS:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by RAFEN PLUS or may affect how well it works. You may need to take different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you. Your pharmacist and doctor have more information on medicines to avoid or be careful with while taking RAFEN PLUS.
The usual dose of RAFEN PLUS for adults and children over 12 years of age is 2 tablets followed by, if necessary 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours.
Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.
RAFEN PLUS is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Take RAFEN PLUS by mouth with fluid. It may also be taken before, or after food.
You should not take Ibuprofen RAFEN PLUS for more than a few days.
If your symptoms persist, worsen or new symptoms develop, talk to your doctor/pharmacist.
If you take too much of this medicine you may experience nausea or upset stomach, vomiting and gastric irritation, drowsiness, dizziness or very slow, laboured breathing. You may also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or rapid uncontrollable movements of the eyes. Excitability, convulsions and unconsciousness may be experienced in rare cases. If you think you have taken too many RAFEN PLUS tablets, talk to your pharmacist or doctor, or contact the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice.
Check with your pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking RAFEN PLUS, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
Like other medicines, RAFEN PLUS can cause some side effects in some people. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention. Ask your pharmacist or doctor to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms that worry you:
These are the more common side effects of RAFEN PLUS and are usually mild and short lived.
If any of the following happen, stop taking RAFEN PLUS and tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital:
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare. Some people may get other side effects while taking RAFEN PLUS. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that worries you.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Keep the tablets in the pack until it is time to take the dose.
If you take them out they will not keep well.
Keep the tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store RAFEN PLUS or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave the tablets in the car or on windowsills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep the tablets where children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground are a good place to store medicines.
When you stop taking RAFEN PLUS or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
If you have any further questions or if you are not sure about anything relating to the use of RAFEN PLUS, your doctor or pharmacist can best assist you.
RAFEN PLUS is white to off-white capsule-shaped, biconvex, film-coated tablet.
RAFEN PLUS contains 200mg ibuprofen and 12.8mg codeine phosphate as the active ingredients.
The other ingredients in RAFEN PLUS tablets are:
RAFEN PLUS does not contain gluten, wheat, lactose, sucrose or preservatives.
RAFEN PLUS is available in blister packs of 30 tablets.