Motrin is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to help relieve mild to moderate pain, inflammation, and stiffness. By blocking the effects of certain pain-causing hormones in the body, the medication can help reduce symptoms of arthritis, painful menstrual periods, and fever, among other things. Motrin comes in tablet, caplet, and oral suspension forms and is available in both prescription and non-prescription strengths. Common side effects of this drug include nausea, stomach pain, and heartburn.
It may be used by itself or combined with other medications in several common cold, flu, and sinus products. These can be used to help relieve common cold symptoms, flu symptoms, or sinus problems, such as fever, aches, and pains.
Motrin is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short. It is available in both prescription and non-prescription strengths.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Motrin [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2007 July.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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