Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a type of medicine commonly taken to relieve pain or to reduce fever or inflammation.
- Inflammation is when a part of your body is swollen, red, hot, hurting, and/or difficult to move
While you may not know the word NSAID, you’re probably familiar with some of the NSAID brands, such as:
Generics like ibuprofen or naproxen are also considered NSAIDs.
NSAIDs are available as either a prescription from your health care provider or over the counter (OTC), which means that you do not need a prescription to take them.
There are also medications that are combined with an NSAID. If you take an OTC NSAID and a prescription NSAID at the same time, you may increase your chance of side effects.1
- Wilcox CM, Cryer B, Triadafilopoulos G. Patterns of use and public perception of over-the-counter pain relievers: focus on nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. J Rheumatol. 2005;32:2218-2224.
- IMS 2012.
Motrin is a trademark of McNeil-PPC, Inc.
Aleve is a trademark of Bayer Healthcare LLC.