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What Are NSAIDs
NSAIDs are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. These medicines are used to treat pain and inflammation. They are most commonly used in treating different types of arthritis. These drugs are serious business. NSAIDs, like any other medication, should only be taken as prescribed. Also it is best if these drugs are taken for the shortest time possible in the lowest dose possible. For women planning to get pregnant, discuss this with your doctor before planning a family. Also if you feel as though you are pregnant contact your doctor. Pregnant women should not take NSAIDs. There are a few side effects associated with NSAIDs. Some are very serious such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure and liver failure. Other side effects are much less severe such as fluid retention, gas, heartburn, nausea and vomiting. These side effects may be scary at first but with proper care and preparation, you will be able to spot any signs of trouble. If you are experiencing shortness of breathe, chest pain, weakness on one side of the body or swelling of the face. If you become extremely week, have blood in bowels or yellow tint to skin and eyes then stop taking the drugs and contact your doctor immediately. A short list of NSAIDs include:
Remember that there is always a risk with any medication you take. Hopefully the effects out weigh the side effects. Always discuss with you doctor any concerns you have. Feel free to express you concerns. If you cannot discuss your concerns with your doctor than you should consider a new physician.