Ibuprofen

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Ibuprofen
Standard use: Relieving period cramps.

Surprise use: Relieving minor burns and insect bites.

When a burn or sting causes skin to turn red, most people reach for a topical lotion or gel, says Mantione. Instead, she recommends popping two Motrin, because this NSAID is a more effective treatment that will work with your body to halt the inflammatory process, and will also relieve swelling.

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