Information about this medicineNSAIDs -- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- are a type of pain reliever. At prescription doses, these drugs also curb inflammation. American College of Rheumatology: All prescription NSAIDs have a warning that the medications may increase the nmaes of having a heart attack, stroke, and stomach bleeding. The effect differs from person to person.
NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) for Arthritis Pain
NSAIDs -- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- are a type of pain reliever. At prescription doses, these drugs also curb inflammation. American College of Rheumatology: All prescription NSAIDs have a warning that the medications may increase the chance of having a heart attack, stroke, and stomach bleeding.
The effect differs from person to person. NSAIDs raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke , especially in higher doses. They can also cause stomach bleeding. NSAIDs are safest when you take them in low doses for brief periods.
Side effects most commonly happen if you take large doses over a long time months or years. Some side effects are mild and go away on their own or after reducing the dose. Others may be more serious and need medical attention. But it may be more likely if you:. There is no way to avoid the side effects of any drug. If you don't need hour a day relief, avoid one-dose-a-day types of NSAIDs, especially if you are over age These medications stay in your body longer and may cause more side effects.
Ask your doctor about taking a second drug, such as an acid blocker, that can reduce your risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding. If you have lasting or unusual pain in your stomach after starting an NSAID, tell your doctor right away. Dosages may range from one to four times per day, depending on how long each drug stays in your body. Your doctor may prescribe higher doses of NSAIDs if you have rheumatoid arthritis RA , for example, because often there is a lot of heat, swelling, redness, and stiffness in the joints with RA.
Lower doses may be enough for osteoarthritis and muscle injuries, since there is generally less swelling and often no warmth or redness in the joints. NSAIDs can raise blood pressure in some people. Some people with high blood pressure may have to stop taking NSAIDs if their blood pressure goes up even though they regularly take their blood pressure medications.
Video Transcript American College of Rheumatology: Stomach pain and heartburn Stomach ulcers A tendency to bleed more, especially when taking aspirin. Headaches and dizziness Ringing in the ears Allergic reactions such as rashes , wheezing , and throat swelling Liver or kidney problems.
High blood pressure Leg swelling Other side effects are less common. You have had serious side effects from taking a pain reliever or fever reducer. You have a higher risk of stomach bleeding. You have stomach problems , including heartburn. You have high blood pressure , heart disease , liver cirrhosis , or kidney disease. You take a diuretic medication. Spring Allergies Precise Cancer Therapy. Ascriptin , Bayer, Ecotrin.