Scratch your arm and within minutes the site turns red and hurts. This is your body's inflammatory response to tissue injury. Fortunately, most times the pain goes away and the inflammation subsides relatively quickly and doesn't interfere with daily activities.

However, this isn't always the case—especially when the injury is severe such as arthritis, gout, toothache, or other painful conditions including menstrual cramps. For these conditions, medication is needed to decrease the inflammation so your daily activities are not interrupted.

In this chapter, you'll learn about inflammation and the medications that are prescribed to reduce the redness, swelling, warmth, and pain that is associated with inflammation.

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