Ibuprofen has a shelf life of 24 to 36 months, depending on its packaging. Tablets packed in aluminium foils and amber colored glass bottles can be consumed for up to 36 months. Ibuprofen packed in a HDPE bottle should consumed within 24 months.
The over-the-counter medication is commonly used to alleviate pain and must be taken after eating food. It should not be taken with aspirin, anti-coagulants and certain types of antibiotics. Ibuprofen is widely consumed for reducing pain, including muscular pain, migraine headache pain, joint pains, dental pain, post-operative surgery pain and the pain from sprains. It is also used to alleviate symptoms such as fever and those that result from the common cold and influenza. Make sure to check for known reactions if taking it with other medicines.