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How long has Children's MOTRIN® been available?

Why do so many doctors recommend Children's MOTRIN®? Is it safe for over-the-counter use?

Is the over-the-counter Children's MOTRIN® the same as the prescription version?

What is the active ingredient in Children's MOTRIN®?

What is ibuprofen?

What can Children's MOTRIN® be used for?

How much should I give my child?

Where can I find Children's MOTRIN® products?

Does McNeil make store brand versions of Children's MOTRIN®?

What should you do with Children's MOTRIN® or Infants' MOTRIN® if you can no longer locate the product lot number or expiration date?

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How long has Children's MOTRIN® been available?
Children's MOTRIN® Suspension first became available as a prescription product in 1989. In 1995, Children's MOTRIN® was cleared for marketing as an over-the-counter product.

Why do so many doctors recommend Children's MOTRIN®? Is it safe for over-the-counter use?
Over 15 million pediatric prescriptions for MOTRIN® have been filled over the last 9 years. Before becoming an over-the-counter product, the safety profile of Children's MOTRIN® was supported by a landmark study involving nearly 84,000 children—one of the largest and most rigorous children's clinical studies ever conducted. The study spanned 3 years and included 1,735 physicians nationwide. Today, Children's MOTRIN® is pediatricians' number-one choice for fast, eight-hour relief of high fevers and pain. One dose lasts 6-8 hours.

Is the over-the-counter Children's MOTRIN® the same as the prescription version?
Children's MOTRIN® contains the same active ingredient as the prescription version, prescribed by pediatricians for more than 9 years.

What is the active ingredient in Children's MOTRIN®?
The active ingredient in Children's MOTRIN® is ibuprofen.

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What is ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAID is the general term used for a group of drugs that are effective in relieving pain and reducing inflammation (in prescription doses). Ibuprofen provides temporary reduction of fever, and relief of minor aches and pains due to colds, flu, sore throat, headaches and toothaches.

What can Children's MOTRIN® be used for?
Children's MOTRIN® is indicated for the temporary reduction of high fevers, and relief of minor aches and pains due to colds, flu, sore throat, headaches and toothaches.

How much should I give my child?
As with any over-the-counter medication, always read and follow the package instructions carefully. If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age. To arrive at the right dose, weigh your child before giving Children's MOTRIN®. All dosages may be repeated every 6-8 hours, but not more than 4 times daily.

Where can I find Children's MOTRIN® products?
Children's MOTRIN® products can be found in the pain reliever section of most retailers across the country, including food stores, pharmacies and mass merchandisers.

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Does McNeil make store brand versions of Children's MOTRIN®?
Children's MOTRIN® products are not manufactured to be sold as store brands. Children's MOTRIN® products must meet stringent demands for purity, quality and consistency. The Children's MOTRIN® name is your assurance of quality.

What should you do with Children's MOTRIN® or Infants' MOTRIN® if you can no longer locate the product lot number or expiration date?
With Infants' MOTRIN® or Children's MOTRIN®, if at any time you can no longer locate the lot number or expiration date on the product label, please click here to email us or call 888-543-8255 to contact our Consumer Care Center.

Questions or Comments?
Call McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Division of McNeil PPC, Inc., Consumer Affairs at 1-800-962-5357.

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