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What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a pain reliever in a family of medicines called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Ibuprofen is available in over-the-counter and prescription strengths. Ibuprofen's anti-inflammatory properties help treat mild to moderate inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, menstruation, injury or other illness. Over-the-counter ibuprofen can be taken by children and adults to relieve symptoms of body aches such as headaches, backaches and muscle aches. It can also be used to help reduce mild fever that lasts less than three days. Ibuprofen is available in several forms, including tablet, capsule, chewable tablet, liquid filled capsules, oral drops and suspension. Two of the brand names are Motrin and Advil.

Ibuprofen is one of the most commonly found anti-inflammatory medications that works to treat pain, inflammation and fever. In this video, pain management expert Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, discusses how ibuprofen works to block prostaglandins.

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