So, can you use ibuprofen and Panadol at the same time?
Put simply: yes. If you are over the age of 16, it is generally considered safe to take medicines containing ibuprofen and Panadol simultaneously, since there’s no evidence that the two drugs have any harmful effects when they interact in the body.v In fact, research suggests that using Panadol and an ibuprofen-containing drug together may even provide more effective relief for some types of pain than only using one of the two medicines.vi
However, it’s important to note that using Panadol and Nurofen together is not recommended for children, unless advised by a healthcare professional.vii
If you are in doubt about whether or not you should use a combination of Panadol and ibuprofen (or any other medicine) to treat your pain, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. They are best equipped to advise you on the potential risks or side effects of using Panadol with another medicine.
Always read the dosage instructions on the product label before using Panadol or any other medication.