Is Ibuprofin for Inflammation?

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Ibuprofen is the generic name of over-the-counter medicines going by the brand names Advil, Medipren, Genpril, Ibu, Midol, Motrin and Nuprin. As a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAIDS, ibuprofen can be used to treat inflammation.

How It Works

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs work on enzymes called cyclooxygenases that enable the synthesis of molecules (prostaglandins), which impact inflammation.

Other NSAIDs

Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs besides ibuprofen include aspirin, indomethacin, nabumetone and naproxen, which goes by the brand name Aleve.

Drug Interactions

Ibuprofen may raise levels of lithium in the blood, perhaps resulting in lithium toxicity. Blood pressure medicine may be less effective since the bodily mechanism that ibuprofen affects is also involved in blood pressure regulation.

Warning

Ibuprofen can worsen the risk of heart, circulatory, stomach and intestinal problems. The longer the ibuprofen is taken, the worse the risk.

Other Uses

Besides use as an anti-inflammatory agent, ibuprofen can also reduce fever and relieve pain.

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