Ibuprofen is the generic form of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, used to treat mild to moderate pain. It does not contain acetaminophen. Ibuprofen is sold under the trade names Advil, Motrin, Medipren, Nuprin and others.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that ibuprofen treats some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, including inflammation, stiffness, swelling and joint pain. It also reduces fever and reduces pain associated with menstrual cramps.
Narcotic analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone are sometimes added to ibuprofen for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, according to the American Cancer Society. In these combinations both pain relievers are more effective together than either is on its own.