FDA Approves McNEIL's Motrin

Motrin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug available in both prescription and nonprescription forms.

Prescription Motrin is used in adults for relief of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, treatment of menstrual pain, and relief of mild to moderate pain. In children aged 6 months and older it can be given to reduce fever and relieve mild to moderate pain. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of juvenile arthritis.

Motrin IB tablets, caplets, and gelcaps; Children's Motrin Suspension; and Advil tablets and caplets are available without a prescription. Check the packages for uses, dosage, and other information on these products.

Motrin (ibuprofen) is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Motrin is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, or minor injury.

Ibuprofen is currently available in lower strengths as an over-the-counter drug -- and at higher strengths by prescription only. There are brand name and generic versions of ibuprofen. The drug comes as an oral capsule, oral suspension, chewable oral tablet, and oral tablet.

For arthritis, adults and teenagers are prescribed between 1,200 to 3,200 mg a day, in divided doses that are taken three or four times a day. For children 6 months to 12 years of age, the dose is based on body weight and should be determined by your doctor. For infants younger than 6 months of age, your doctor will determine if the use of ibuprofen is appropriate.