Ibuprofen: Indications

In genera, ibuprofen is suited for the treatment of pain, in particular of pain related to the musculoskeletal system, but also headaches, postoperative pain, dysmenorrhea, etc. It also has antipyretic action. Pain accompanying arthrosis can be reduced and the mobility of the joints can be increased. In the case of chronic rheumatoid arthritis, ibuprofen reduces pain, joint swelling and morning stiffness, and it improves the functionality of the joints. Ibuprofen has been used successfully for other rheumatoid diseases such as spondylitis ankylosans (Bechterew disease), juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and acute gout seizures. However, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents only have a symptomatic effect on joint diseases. The development of the disease is not significantly influenced; there are even indications that a long-term treatment may have an unfavourable influence.

For soft tissue rheumatism (e.g. periarthropathy of the shoulder) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents can be of use; however, it has not been demonstrated whether they represent advantages in comparison with other methods of treatment.

In average, ibuprofen has proven equally as efficient as other anti-inflammatory drugs in all areas of application (e.g. diclofenac, indomethacin, naproxen).

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