How Does Ibuprofen Actually Work?

What happens inside your body after you pop an Advil

Emily Moon
Elemental

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Photo: Francis Dean/Getty Images

HHangovers, pulled muscles, menstrual cramps, the flu: Ibuprofen is the first line of defense for all sorts of things. You know the drug is working because it dulls the pain or takes the edge off a fever, but what, exactly, is making this happen?

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Emily Moon
Elemental

Emily Moon is a New York-based journalist writing about health and culture. Previously she was a staff writer at Pacific Standard.