Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used pain relievers. There are various NSAIDs you can get as a prescription from your health care provider. Some are also available “over the counter” or OTC, which means that you do not need a prescription to take them.
While you may not know the word NSAID, you probably know some OTC NSAIDs better by their generic and brand names such as:
- Ibuprofen, which is sold OTC under the brand names Motrin® and Advil®
- Naproxen Sodium (sometimes called Naproxen) which is sold OTC under the brand name Aleve®
- Aspirin is also an NSAID
There are also other medications which may contain an NSAID. NSAIDs can provide effective relief but, if not taken correctly – at too high a dose, for too long, or in combination with one another, you may increase your chance of side effects and may adversely affect your kidneys, heart and digestive system.1
- Wilcox CM, Cryer B, Triadafilopoulos G. Patterns of use and public perception of over-the-counter pain relievers: focus on nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. J Rheumatol. 2005;32:2218-2224.
- IMS 2012.
Motrin is a trademark of McNeil-PPC, Inc.
Aleve is a trademark of Bayer Healthcare LLC.