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Is it safe to take ibuprofen for the aches and pains of exercise?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Not long ago, I took ibuprofen after a dental procedure and was amazed at how well it worked. Millions of people have had similar experiences with ibuprofen and related medications (called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) when used for a number of conditions, including arthritis, back pain, and headache. Thatís why NSAIDs are among the most commonly prescribed drugs worldwide. …

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