Anti-inflammatory Medication

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.

Over-the-Counter Anti-inflammatory Drugs
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:

Anaprox – Naproxen sodium
Cambia, Cataflam – Diclofenac potassium
Celebrex – Celecoxib
Clinoril – Sulindac
Daypro – Oxaprozin
Feldene – Piroxicam
Indocin, Tivorbex – Indomethacin
Mobic, Vivlodex – Meloxicam
Nalfon – Fenoprofen
Naprelan, Naprosyn – Naproxen
Vimovo – Naproxen/esomeprazole
Voltaren, Zorvolex – Diclofenac

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