Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that alleviates pain and reduces fever, according to Everyday Health. Ibuprofen reduces the hormones that cause aches and swelling.
According to WebMD, ibuprofen may relieve pain from conditions like menstrual cramps, headaches, arthritis and dental pain. The site states that using ibuprofen may cause side effects, including diarrhea, constipation, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, headache and dizziness.
Taking ibuprofen or any other NSAIDs may cause harmful interactions with other prescription medication, and taking it with alcohol runs the risk of stomach bleeding. Everyday Health recommends consulting a doctor about all medication usage to prevent any adverse reactions.