Common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, according to WebMD. Common over-the-counter aspirin brands include Bayer, Bufferin and Excerin, while common OTC ibuprofen brands include Motrin IB and Advil. Aleve is the most common OTC brand of naproxen.Continue Reading
NSAIDs are pain-relieving drugs that also reduce symptoms of the body's response to inflammation, including swelling, redness, warmth and pain, notes WebMD. They work on a chemical level to block enzymes that produce pain responses. NSAIDs can be used to alleviate minor aches and pains and lower fevers, and to treat longer-term pain arising from chronic injury or illness. Generic NSAIDs are usually cheaper than their brand-name counterparts and are no less effective.
Harvard Medical School's Family Health Guide notes that NSAIDs are different from acetaminophen, which is sold under the brand name Tylenol. Acetaminophen-based drugs such as Tylenol relieve pain but do not have anti-inflammatory effects. Among NSAIDs, naproxen, in the form of Aleve, has typically proven the safest NSAID for the heart.
WebMD lists a number of NSAIDs available by prescription only, which provide stronger doses of pain-relieving ingredients than OTC NSAIDs. Prescription-only NSAID brands include Celebrex, Arthrotex, Daypro, Feldene and Clinoril. Like OTC NSAIDs, many prescription NSAIDs are available in their cheaper, equally-effective generic forms.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins