Nurofen Plus tablets help treat the symptoms of Colds and Flu including:
Aches and pains
Nasal congestion (blocked nose and sinuses)
Nurofen contains ibuprofen a non-steroidal-anti-inflamatory drug (NSAIDs). Ibuprofen changes the way the body responds to inflammation, easing pain. Codeine increases the effectiveness of ibuprofen but can be addictive. Nurofen Plus tablets are for short term use only. You should take the lowest dose for the shortest time necessary to relieve your symptoms.
What does Nurofen Plus contain?
200mg of ibuprofen and 12.8mg of Codeine are the active ingredients in each Nurofen Plus tablet. Microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycollate, starch pregelatinised, hypromellose, opaspray white M-1-17111 B and talc are also contained in Nurofen Plus.
Why can I only take Nurofen Plus for a maximum of 3 days?
Codeine, (one of the active ingredients in Nurofen Plus), is an opioid and is highly addictive if it is misused. Any non-prescription codeine products are advised not to be taken for more than 3 consecutive days. It is advised that you speak to your own GP to discuss a more effective long-term pain relief treatment if Nurofen Plus is needed for more than 3 consecutive days because your symptoms have not improved.
Can I take any other painkillers while using Nurofen Plus?
Certainly, you can take Nurofen Plus alongside paracetamol and some topical pain relief such as Deep Freeze or Deep Heat patches. Nurofen Plus should not be taken with any products containing ibuprofen, aspirin or codeine. If you are taking any other medication (herbal, prescription or non-prescription), it is always best to seek advice with a healthcare professional before you start taking Nurofen Plus.
Why can I only purchase 1 box of Nurofen plus every 30 days?
Due to Nurofen Plus containing codeine. For this reason, we only supply one box of any codeine based medication in a 30-day cycle. We need to ensure the safety of our patients and also the legal operating of our pharmacy.
Can I get addicted to Nurofen Plus if I take it?
If they are taken in line with the manufacturer’s instructions, Nurofen Plus tablets are not addictive. There would be no concerns and no need for worry when Nurofen Plus is used occasionally for short-term pain relief (which lasts no longer than 3 days) and if the maximum dose is not exceeded.
Nurofen Plus can become addictive if it is taken incorrectly and if used for long periods of time.
If you are worried about codeine addiction, we advise you to speak to your GP.
Can I take Nurofen Plus if I am pregnant/breastfeeding?
No. Nurofen Plus should not be used if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, think you may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Side Effects of Nurofen Plus
As with any medication, there are risks of side effects when taking Nurofen Plus. You should always read the patient information leaflet when taking a new medicine to make sure you’re aware of side effects and cautions.
Stop taking Nurofen Plus and immediately seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- Intestinal bleeding signs (for example red/bright faeces, tarry/black faeces, vomiting blood/coffee ground-like particles)
- Signs of an allergic reaction (for example severe skin reactions, flaking/peeling/blistering skin, swelling of the face, wheezing which is unexplained/feeling short of breath, bruising easily)
- DRESS syndrome, which is a severe skin reaction (the symptoms are: fever, rash on the skin, swelling of lymph nodes, increased white blood cell count)
Inform your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- constipation/stomach pain/other abnormal stomach symptoms
- rashes/itching/worsening of asthma
- sweating/thirst/muscle weakness/tremors/sleeplessness
- chest pain/fast, irregular heartbeat
- liver/kidney problems
- Reduced appetite/depression/hallucination/blurred vision
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us
Directions for use
Adults, the elderly and children aged 12 years and older :
Swallow 1 or 2 tablets with water, up to three times a day as required.
Leave at least four hours between doses.
Do not take more than 6 tablets in any 24 hour period.
Do not take for longer than 3 days unless your doctor tells you to. If symptoms persist or the pain or fever worsens, or if any new symptoms occur, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This product is for short-term use only. You should take the lowest dose for the shortest time necessary to relieve your symptoms.
Ingredients in Nurofen Plus Tablets
Active ingredients: Ibuprofen 200mg and Codeine phosphate 12.8mg.
Other ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycollate, starch pregelatinised, hypromellose, opaspray white M-1-17111 B and talc.