Can I take paracetamol and ibuprofen together?

Yes, if you're 16 or over, it's safe to take paracetamol and ibuprofen together as there are no known harmful interactions between these medicines.

The advice for children is different. For more information, see Can I give my child paracetamol and ibuprofen together?

Taking both medicines together

You can take paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time or spaced apart. Ibuprofen is best taken with food or on a full stomach.

Take your medicines as directed on the label or leaflet to make sure you don't take too much of either. If you need further advice, speak to your pharmacist or GP, or call NHS 111.

Check if you still need both medicines

If you need to take painkillers for longer than three days, you should see your GP or pharmacist for advice. Try to avoid taking unnecessary medicines.

If your symptoms continue, contact your GP or call NHS 111.

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Page last reviewed: 31/07/2017

Next review due: 31/07/2020