The names of some common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, include Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Ascriptin, Ecotrin and Bayer, states WebMD. Common generic names of NSAIDs include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen sodium. These drugs are available over the counter.
Many other NSAIDs are only available by prescription, notes WebMD. Some of these drugs include Anaprox, Celebrex, Dolobid, Lodine, Mobic, Relafen and Toradol. The generic names of some prescription NSAIDs are celecoxib, etodolac, meloxicam and ketorolac tromethamine. Higher doses of ibuprofen are available by prescription.
NSAIDs work by preventing inflammation in the body. Individuals may find one medication works better or has fewer side effects than another, explains WebMD. Prescription NSAIDs may cause stomach bleeding, stroke or heart attack. Stomach bleeding is most common in patients with a history of stomach ulcers, those over the age of 60 and those who drink alcohol or take steroid medications.
Other common side effects of NSAIDs include headaches, dizziness, allergic reactions, high blood pressure and leg swelling, according to WebMD. NSAIDs are safest and cause the fewest side effects when taken in low doses. They should not be taken for extended periods of time without consulting a doctor. People with high blood pressure, stomach problems or asthma or who are taking a diuretic should not take NSAIDs.