Anti-inflammatory (or antiinflammatory) is the property of a substance or treatment that reduces inflammation or swelling. Anti-inflammatory drugs make up about half of analgesics, remedying pain by reducing inflammation as opposed to opioids, which affect the central nervous system to block pain signaling to the brain.
NSAIDs that you can buy without a prescription include:
Advil, Motrin – Ibuprofen
Aleve – Naproxen sodium
Ascriptin, Bayer, Ecotrin – Aspirin
Never use an over-the-counter NSAID for more than ten days without checking with your doctor. Over-the-counter NSAIDs are effective pain relievers, but they are intended for short-term use. When taking NSAIDs for long periods, your doctor should carefully follow how you’re doing so she can watch for side effects and change your treatment if needed.
Prescription Anti-inflammatory Drugs
The following NSAIDs are available only with a doctor’s prescription: