What is ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that comes in over-the-counter and prescription strengths. Ibuprofen is used to treat pain, swelling, and stiffness symptoms caused by various forms of arthritis. It is also used to treat mild-to-moderate pain caused by other conditions, like menstrual pain.
Nonprescription ibuprofen is used to treat uncomfortable symptoms caused by fever, toothaches, headaches, the common cold, and more.
OTC ibuprofen is widely available at pharmacies, grocery stores, and convenience stores. It is often sold under its generic drug name (Ibuprofen) or under the brand name Advil.