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 instead of 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
Description, Bayer, Ecotrin aspirin

Never use an over-the-counter NSAID for more than 10 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 of time, your doctor should closely 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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