Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for
pain relief, fever reduction, and against swelling. Ibuprofen has
an antiplatelet effect, though relatively mild and somewhat
short-lived compared with aspirin or prescription antiplatelet
drugs. In general, ibuprofen also has a vasodilation effect.
Ibuprofen is a 'core' medicine in the World Health Organization's
Model List of Essential Medicines necessary to meet the minimum
medical needs of a basic healthcare system. Ibuprofen was derived
from propanoic acid by the research arm of Boots Group during the
1960s and patented in 1961. Originally marketed as Brufen,
ibuprofen is available under a variety of popular trademarks,
including Motrin, Nurofen, Advil, and Nuprin.Generic formulations
are available as well.