ibuprofen, Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever etc.

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GENERIC NAME: ibuprofen

BRAND NAME: Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever etc.

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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 100, 200, 400, 600, and 800 mg; Chewable tablets: 50 and 100 mg; Suspension: 100 mg/5 ml and 40 mg/ml

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/21/2014



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