Ibuprofen is a painkiller available over the counter without a prescription.

It's one of a group of painkillers callednon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) and can be used to:

  • ease mild to moderate pain such as Toothache , migraine and period pain
  • control a high temperature(fever) for example, when someone has the flu (influenza)
  • ease pain and inflammation (redness and swelling) caused by conditions that affect the joints, bones and musclessuch as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • ease pain and swelling caused by sprains and strains such as sports injuries

This topic covers:

Types of ibuprofen

Who can take ibuprofen

How to take ibuprofen

Interactions with medicines, food and alcohol

Side effects of ibuprofen

Overdoses of ibuprofen

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 4 Jan 2017