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 swellingÂ that results from sprains and strains.
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.