anti-inflammatory

An anti-inflammatory is an anti-inflammatory drug: a type of medicine that treats swelling and redness.

Inflammation originally meant to be consumed by flames, and these days it usually means a type of soreness somewhere on your body that is red, feels hot, and and swells up. The anti prefix tells you that this word goes against the root, and anti-inflammatories are drugs that treat or fight against inflammation. If you have a red, swollen ankle, an anti-inflammatory might help.

Definitions of anti-inflammatory
  1. noun
    a medicine intended to reduce inflammation
    synonyms: anti-inflammatory drug
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    Cox-2 inhibitor
    an anti-inflammatory drug that fights pain and blocks Cox-2 activity without impeding the activity of Cox-1; increases the risk of heart attacks
    Plaquenil, hydroxychloroquine
    anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Plaquenil) used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and malaria and lupus erythematosus
    NSAID, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
    an anti-inflammatory drug that does not contain steroids
    Tandearil, oxyphenbutazone
    an anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Tandearil) used to treat arthritis and bursitis
    Butazolidin, phenylbutazone
    anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Butazolidin)
    Pediapred, Prelone, prednisolone
    a glucocorticoid (trade names Pediapred or Prelone) used to treat inflammatory conditions
    Deltasone, Liquid Pred, Meticorten, Orasone, prednisone
    a dehydrogenated analogue of cortisol (trade names Orasone or Deltasone or Liquid Pred or Meticorten); used as an anti-inflammatory drug in the treatment of arthritis and as an immunosuppressant
    Decadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, Dexone, Hexadrol, Oradexon, dexamethasone
    a corticosteroid drug (trade names Decadron or Dexamethasone Intensol or Dexone or Hexadrol or Oradexon) used to treat allergies or inflammation
    Celebrex, celecoxib
    a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Celebrex) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract
    Cataflam, diclofenac potassium
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Cataflam)
    Voltaren, diclofenac sodium
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Voltaren) that is administered only orally
    Dolobid, diflunisal
    nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (trade name Dolobid) used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
    Lodine, etodolac
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Lodine)
    Nalfon, fenoprofen, fenoprofen calcium
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Nalfon) used in the treatment of arthritis and other painful inflammatory disorders
    Ansaid, flurbiprofen
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Ansaid) that is administered only orally
    Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, ibuprofen, isobutylphenyl propionic acid
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic medicine (trade names Advil and Motrin and Nuprin) used to relieve the pain of arthritis and as an antipyretic
    Indocin, indomethacin
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Indocin)
    Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail, ketoprofen
    nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Orudis or Orudis KT or Oruvail)
    Torodal, ketorolac
    nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (trade name Torodal) that is given only orally
    Acular, Toradol, ketorolac tromethamine
    nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Acular and Toradol) that is administered only intramuscularly
    Meclomen, meclofenamate, meclofenamate sodium
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (trade name Meclomen) used to treat arthritis
    Ponstel, mefenamic acid
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic drug (trade name Ponstel) used to treat mild pain (especially menstrual cramps)
    Relafen, nabumetone
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Relafen)
    Naprosyn, naproxen
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Naprosyn) used in the treatment of arthritis and musculoskeletal inflammation and moderate pain
    Aflaxen, Aleve, Anaprox, naproxen sodium
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trademarks Aleve and Anaprox and Aflaxen) that fights pain and inflammation
    Daypro, oxaprozin
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Daypro)
    Feldene, piroxicam
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Feldene) used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
    Vioxx, rofecoxib
    a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Vioxx) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract; voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004
    Clinoril, sulindac
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Clinoril)
    Tolectin, tolmetin sodium
    a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Tolectin)
    Bextra, valdecoxib
    a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Bextra) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract
    salicylate
    a salt of salicylic acid (included in several commonly used drugs)
    type of:
    medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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