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How does ibuprofen treat arthritis?

Ibuprofen can reduce feelings of pain and inflammation associated with different types of arthritis, including juvenile, gout, psoriatic, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Ibuprofen works by preventing the body from making a chemical called prostaglandin. When released, prostaglandin is responsible for causing the sensation of pain. Ibuprofen is not a cure for arthritis. The minimum required dose to reduce pain associated with joint stiffness and swelling should be used. Daily doses should remain between 300-800 mg. taken three to four times a day. Do not take more than 3200 mg. of ibuprofen in one day, unless approved by your doctor. Children's arthritis symptoms should only be treated with ibuprofen with your doctor's approval and under their direction.

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