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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Immediately take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, to calm the inflammation. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Does Sunscreen Expire? And Every Other Question You’ve Had About SPF, Answered," 14 May 2019 Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can help with arthritis pain, and doctors may prescribe a related drug, celecoxib, which has been shown to have fewer intestinal side effects. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Many in Middle Age Have Arthritis—They Just Don’t Know It," 22 Apr. 2018 While most hangovers will disappear with time, expediting the cleansing process with good food, Gatorade and some ibuprofen isn't a bad idea. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Hangover cures for your patriotic beverage binge," 4 July 2018 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

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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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