What Is Ibuprofen Used For?

Ibuprofen (marketed under brand names such as Motrin®, Advil®, Genpril®, and Nuprin®) is a common pain reliever that is available over-the-counter (OTC) or by prescription.
What is ibuprofen used for, specifically? This medication has a number of uses, including:
  • Pain relief following a procedure, as well as pain caused by straining a muscle or inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis) 
  • Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Treatment of painful menstrual periods
  • Temporary relief of fever.
In addition, ibuprofen may be used by itself or combined with other medicines in many products used to treat the flu and the common cold.
(For more information, click Ibuprofen Uses. Topics discussed in the article include how this medication works, ibuprofen's use in children, and more.)
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