Deflate the Inflammation
Take two 325-milligram aspirin tablets four times a day to reduce swelling associated with bursitis. Ibuprofen is another option (follow the directions on the label). But avoid these if you have kidney problems or if your doctor has told you to avoid aspirin because it upsets your stomach. Anti-inflammatory medications like Orudis or Voltaren can be prescribed by a physician [source: University of Maryland Medical Center].
Keep in mind that anti-inflammatory medications, either prescriptions or over the counter, are not intended to be taken over a long period of time. They're temporary remedies. Check with your doctor about aspirin and ibuprofen use if you're taking blood pressure medicine.