Is Ibuprofen an Opiate?

Various conditions that cause pain, fever, and inflammation, from arthritis to toothache to headache to the common cold, can be treated with ibuprofen. It is not an opiate; rather, ibuprofen belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs for short). This means that ibuprofen works by targeting specific chemicals in the body, called prostaglandins, that are known to play a role in pain and inflammation.
 
Most people have no problems when taking this drug; however, adverse reactions are possible. In addition, some people have a higher risk of experiencing side effects than others and should consider other medications. People who are worried about taking an opiate for pain, however, can rest assured that ibuprofen does not carry any risk of addiction or abuse because it belongs to an entirely different drug class.
 
(To learn more about this medication, click Ibuprofen. This article explains in detail how this drug works, conditions it can treat, specific side effects to be aware of, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
 
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