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Does ibuprofen reduce swelling?

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Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter drug that falls in a group of drugs referred to as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are used to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. It can be used to reduce swelling that results from sprains and strains.

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Ibuprofen is available in different forms, including tablets, liquids, sprays and gels. It may be combined with other medicines, such as decongestants, to treat other problems. Ibuprofen is a painkiller that works against prostaglandins, elements that are released due to an injury, thus causing inflammation. When released in the brain, prostaglandins make a person get a fever. Using ibuprofen has different side effects, such as vomiting and nausea.

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