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Can I take paracetamol and ibuprofen together?
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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If you're 16 or over, you may wish to use paracetamol and ibuprofen together to reduce pain and fever. There are no known harmful interactions between paracetamol and ibuprofen in people over 16.