Ibuprofen Medication Information
Several different medical conditions that cause pain, fever, and inflammation can be treated with ibuprofen (marketed under brand names such as Motrin®, Advil®, Genpril®, and Nuprin®). This medication belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and works by inhibiting the action of certain chemicals in the body (called prostaglandins) known to cause pain and inflammation.
Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, before taking ibuprofen, information you may want to discuss with your pharmacist or healthcare provider include other products you are taking and other medical conditions you have. Ibuprofen can react negatively with certain medicines, for example, and NSAIDs may not be appropriate for people with certain types of heart disease.
Because ibuprofen is available both with a prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), you might think such concerns are unnecessary. However, by discussing such matters with your healthcare provider, you can ensure that ibuprofen is the right medicine for you.
(Click Ibuprofen for more information on this medication, including specific groups of people who should avoid it, side effects to be aware of, and general dosing guidelines.)