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Commonly used pain medications


Ibuprofen

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Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, better known as NSAIDs. The prescription form of Ibuprofen is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used to relieve mild to moderate pain, including period pain. Over-the-counter ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and to relieve minor aches and pains caused by headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstruation, colds, toothaches, and back pain. Ibuprofen comes on its own and in combination with other drugs. Some of these combination products are available by prescription only, and some of these combination products are available without a prescription and are used to treat symptoms of coughs and colds and other conditions. If your doctor has prescribed a medicine that contains ibuprofen, be careful not to take over-the-counter medicines that also contain ibuprofen.

Naproxen

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Aspirin

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Acetaminophen

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