ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)

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GENERIC NAME: ibuprofen

BRAND NAME: Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and many others

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ibuprofen belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen) and several others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. Pain, fever, and inflammation are promoted by the release in the body of chemicals called prostaglandins. Ibuprofen blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower levels of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced. The FDA approved ibuprofen in 1974.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ibuprofen is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, inflammation and fever caused by many and diverse diseases. It also is used for treating:

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