ibu·​pro·​fen | \ ˌī-byu̇-ˈprō-fən also ī-ˈbyü-prə-fən How to pronounce ibuprofen (audio) \

Definition of ibuprofen

: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug C13H18O2 used to relieve pain and fever

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Some doctors will prescribe a small dose of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain, but these medicines should not be overused, our experts agree. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Start Teething?," 26 Feb. 2019 This has weighed on the consumer-health margins of Reckitt Benckiser , owner of ibuprofen Nurofen among other drugs. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Debt Is the Tonic in GSK and Pfizer’s Big Deal," 19 Dec. 2018 The effect was apparent at two weeks and became more pronounced after six weeks of ibuprofen use. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Small study suggests ibuprofen alters testosterone metabolism," 9 Jan. 2018 Some took 1,200 milligrams of ibuprofen daily — the maximum limit as often directed — over a six-week period. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Ibuprofen use linked to male infertility, study finds," 9 Jan. 2018 But the clinical studies that have been done compare it with a placebo, not even a pain reliever like ibuprofen. Peter B. Bach, WSJ, "If Weed Is Medicine, So Is Budweiser," 17 Jan. 2019 Many waxers also suggest taking an ibuprofen 30-60 minutes before your appointment to reduce inflammation and, therefore, pain. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax," 2 Aug. 2018 Some 87 percent took an ibuprofen like Advil or Motrin. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Americans are abusing over-the-counter drugs as well as opioids, study shows," 9 Feb. 2018 He was prescribed amoxicillin and ibuprofen, and taken with his father to a holding facility at a highway checkpoint. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ibuprofen

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ibuprofen

is- + butyl + propionic acid + -fen (alteration of phenyl)

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English Language Learners Definition of ibuprofen

medical : a medicine that reduces pain and fever


ibu·​pro·​fen | \ ˌī-byu̇-ˈprō-fən How to pronounce ibuprofen (audio) \

Medical Definition of ibuprofen

: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug C13H18O2 used in over-the-counter preparations to relieve pain and fever and in prescription strength especially to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis — see advil, motrin

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