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Is Motrin a Narcotic?

While Motrin® (ibuprofen) is a medication used to treat pain, it is not a type of narcotic. Motrin belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and it works by blocking the action of certain hormones (prostaglandins) that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Specifically, Motrin is useful for:
  • Reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation
  • Lowering fever
  • Alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
It may be used alone 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.
(For more information on what Motrin is and how it works, click Motrin. This article provides an in-depth overview of the drug, including information on its specific uses, safety precautions, and potential side effects.)
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