ibuprofen

(redirected from Advil)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

ibuprofen

(ī`byo͞oprō'fən), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces pain, fever, and inflammation. Along with naproxennaproxen
and naproxen sodium,
potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) used to alleviate the minor pain of arthritis, menstruation, headaches, and the like, and to reduce fever.
..... Click the link for more information.
 and ketoprofenketoprofen
, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and fever-reducing effects, used to relieve the symptoms of headaches, arthritis, and painful menstruation.
..... Click the link for more information.
, ibuprofen belongs to the propionic acid class of NSAIDs. It was first made available in 1967. Like other NSAIDs, it acts by inhibiting the body's production of prostaglandinsprostaglandin
, any of a group of about a dozen compounds synthesized from fatty acids in mammals as well as in lower animals. Prostaglandins are highly potent substances that are not stored but are produced as needed by cell membranes in virtually every body tissue.
..... Click the link for more information.
. Available over the counter in a variety of preparations (e.g., Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), it is commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and painful menstruation. Side effects include rash, alteration of platelet function and bleeding, and intestinal upset, which can lead to gastritis. Like other NSAIDS, it appears to have no potential for abuse or physical dependence. It should not be used by those who are allergic to aspirin.
References in periodicals archive ?
Advil is adequate, in many cases, to cover the pain that comes with an IUD insertion.
"The circular calls on medicine providers to pull off Advil suspension off pharmacy shelves in the local market," Al Amiri said.
The new fast acting Advil tablets feature a breakthrough, ultra-thin coating that dissolves quickly, exposing the new Advil Ion Core of ibuprofen sodium, officials for the New York-based company add.
They found that a variety of pain relievers - even though Tylenol and Advil have different ingredients-seemed to dilute the production of necessary antibodies to protect against illness.
Then they start taking Advil and keep running on it, or go to a doctor and get cortisone shots and keep running on it.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can increase the risk of heart and circulation problems--including heart attack and stroke--and is also tough on the digestive tract.
There are two main kinds of over-the-counter pain relievers: acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve).
Regarding the third measure of promotional activity, trade support, Tylenol and Advil were the only OTC brands to increase budgets.
Over-the-counter meds, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil), help in the short term, explains Dr.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) had a weaker impact on risk, but the study had few ibuprofen takers.
A sophomore at Shreveport, Louisiana's Parkway High has been suspended for a year after being caught carrying Advil in her purse.
Acetaminophen is sold as Tylenol; ibuprofen, as Advil or Motrin.