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Analgesic, one of the NSAIDs, especially effective against minor pain, fever, and inflammation. It works by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis. It may irritate the gastrointestinal tract and should not be taken by anyone who has an allergy to aspirin or takes anticoagulants. Brand names include Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin. See alsoacetaminophen.
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