ibu·pro·fen | \ ˌī-byu̇-ˈprō-fən also ī-ˈbyü-prə-fən \

Definition of ibuprofen 

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

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Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: What to do if you get burned by a firework," 4 July 2018 These can include ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or a prescription anti-inflammatory like mefenamic acid (Ponstel). Sari Harrar, Good Housekeeping, "4 Perimenopause Period Symptoms That Could Be Serious," 23 Jan. 2013 Davies had taken ibuprofen for minor soreness just before a rash flared up overnight and left painful, itchy bumps all over her body. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Olympic hopeful Thelma Davies is outrunning opponents, even a mysterious rash," 24 May 2018 Barby decided instead to manage her pain with OTC remedies like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen. Virginia Sole-smith, Redbook, "Could You Be Addicted and Not Know It?," 29 Nov. 2017 Drugs, including aspirin and other NSAIDs — nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories including ibuprofen — can cause an increase in eosinophils for reasons that are not well understood. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Her doctor said she had the flu. It took years to find the real, and strange, illness.," 23 June 2018 Just be sure to work in very small sections, and to pop some ibuprofen an hour before waxing. Kayleigh Donahue, Allure, "Allure's Guide to Hair Removal From Your Brows to Your Bikini Line," 6 June 2018 Also, in the a.m., pop an anti-inflammatory ibuprofen to reduce the flush in your face, says Dr. Brandt. Krista Bennett Demaio, Cosmopolitan, "9 Beauty Fails That Mess With Your Skin (and How to Fix Them)," 2 Jan. 2015 Next, Zeichner recommends taking an anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen, and staying well hydrated to help reduce the systemic inflammation and speed up the healing of the sunburn. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Symptoms of Sun Poisoning (and How to Treat Them)," 11 July 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 \

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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