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Updated on February 25, 2009

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:

· Asprin

· Aleeve

· Celebrex

· Xprosyn

· lodine

· Vicoprofen

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.


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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Although I am a nurse and honestly take more natural then what the doctor would describe, I would say that you have nailed this one dead on. Always let the Doctor know if you have side effects and you are correct your doctor should be able to discuss anything, if he avoids you contact the medical board. :)

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      Carolina Dursina 9 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Hei this inof is really helpful, I do have to say - people should consult a doctor as they are the ones to tell you when appropriate to stop taking drugs!

      Keep writing!

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      Soft-Surfboard 9 years ago from

      Got to say I'm anti drugs as too many drugs have too many side effects. Interesting to se that Asprin is on this list, though I stand by my first comment, Asprin has now been heralded as the new wonder drug to counter blood conditions. So hows that...?