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Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Ibuprofen is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin.

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Ibuprofen is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation and blood clot formation in the body.

How do I take it?
Take Ibuprofen according to directions given by your doctor or found on the medication package. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

Ibuprofen comes in tablet, capsule, and liquid gel forms.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Ibuprofen lists common side effects including headache, nervousness, dizziness, rash, itching, ringing in the ears, bleeding, nausea, cramps, stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, and gas.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Ibuprofen include stroke, heart attack, and serious gastrointestinal injury.

For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to Ibuprofen during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Advil –

Motrin – RxList

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) – Cochrane

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