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What is Motrin used for? Motrin is used for treating a number of conditions related to pain, fever, or inflammation. For example, the drug is often used to treat arthritis symptoms and painful menstrual periods. Occasionally, the drug is also used for the relief of chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms, migraines, and pain or inflammation caused by other conditions.

What Is Motrin Used For?

Motrin® (ibuprofen) is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness.
Specific Motrin uses include:
  • Pain relief, such as for pain following a procedure, from straining a muscle, or caused by inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis). Motrin can also be used to treat general pain, such as a headache, toothache, knee pain, back pain, or foot pain.
  • Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Motrin can be used to treat several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Motrin does not cure these types of arthritis, nor does it change their progression.
  • Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
  • Temporary relief of fever.
Motrin may also 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.

How Does Motrin Work?

Motrin and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins. By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, Motrin is useful at reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation; reducing fever; and alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
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