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I am trying to find a vegan ibuprofen. Although I usually avoid pain killers, having suffered a bad mountain bike accident this past weekend, I need something that will both help with the pain and reduce swelling. I have visited multiple health food stores as well as drug stores, all to no avail. Nothing I have looked at is vegan. I also contacted both Pangea and Vegan Essentials online and they, too, were unable to help me. Does anyone know if a vegan ibuprofen exists? If so, what is it called and where do you buy it? Thanks!
 

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What do you mean by a vegan ibuprofen? Is there something in ibuprofen that's derived from animals? Or do you mean you want a pill that hasn't been tested on animals?
 

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Not all ibuprofen contains lactose. There is a wide variance amongst brands wrt to the inactive ingredients, however, when I was in the US, I found a couple of store brands to be vegan, ingredients wise (I don't know about animal testing). Were the hfs's not able to offer any alternatives either? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Feverfew is supposed to be good for pain, and Valerian Root may help with the swelling.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry to hear you're in pain.
 

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I've been wondering the same thing because I've been vegan for just over a year and haven't taken any kind of ibuprofen or medicine because I assume all store bought brands either have animal ingrediantes or are tested on animals. I also don't know of any that can be bought online. People who I have told that I don't take anything when I'm sick or injured/in pain think I'm crazy, but I just can't bring myself to take something that I know has somehow contributed to animal suffering. I would rather suffer myself.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry I can't help you because I'm wondering the same thing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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Not all ibuprofen contains lactose. There is a wide variance amongst brands wrt to the inactive ingredients, however, when I was in the US, I found a couple of store brands to be vegan, ingredients wise (I don't know about animal testing). Were the hfs's not able to offer any alternatives either? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Feverfew is supposed to be good for pain, and Valerian Root may help with the swelling.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry to hear you're in pain.</div>
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Yeah, you're right, the brand I have doesn't list lactose. But it does list stearic acid, which could be animal derived.
 

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Lactose might also be of a none animal source.<br><br>
More important is animal testing and I guess most pharmacons have had animal testing!
 

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Lothar M Kirsh, while I know that commercial lactic acid is usually made by fermenting carbohydrates (<a href="http://shakahara.com/lactic_acid.html" target="_blank">http://shakahara.com/lactic_acid.html</a>), I thought that lactose was usually derived from milk. Also, lactates such as ferrous lactate (sometimes used as an iron supplement) are made by reacting iron compounds with lactic acid, and are proably non-animal. But lactose -- I thought the usual commercial source was milk I could be mistaken.
 

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Hi Everybody,<br><br>
Thanks for your thoughts on (the lack of) a vegan ibuprofen so far. When I went to the multitude of drug stores and health stores I visited in person in an attempt to fulfill this quest, I took along an invaluable book entitled Animal Ingredients: A-Z. This resource lists all known animal ingredients as well as ingredients that possibly are derived from animal sources. None of the ibuprofen that I looked at could get past this book and the lists it has of known and potential animal ingredients. Alas, what is a girl to do? Is there no vegan ibuprofen out there? I am still hoping...
 

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For the swelling I'd use arnica. Weleda do an arnica lotion. No advice on the pain side though - it might help (it does for me), it might not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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Animal ingredients A-Z may be rife with inaccuracies. Do me a favor and look up lactic acid, and see what it says. Same thing for urea.
 

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Animal ingredients A-Z may be rife with inaccuracies. Do me a favor and look up lactic acid, and see what it says. Same thing for urea.</div>
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From the times I've seen people mention that book on VeggieBoards, I'd say you're right. I believe there was just a thread on Olives that mentioned how that book said lactic acid is possibly animal derived so they were avoiding olives and pickles, when in reality lactic acid is always vegan. So I think that book is prone to exageration. If there's a possible way an ingredient could be derived from an animal, even if it never ever is derived from an animal, it's listed just to make the book bigger and "more complete".
 

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The CVS brand SEEMS to be vegan, the only thing that is questionable it seems is the stearic acid. From what i got form research is that it can come from both animal and vegetable fats. So i guess an email to CVS is in order. But its probably safe to assume its from animal fats. And we can't forget about animal testing.
 
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