Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are more than just pain relievers. They can also help reduce inflammation and lower fevers. But there are some risks from overuse. Dr. Edward Hill talks about NSAIDs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of medications commonly used to treat pain and inflammation.

NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen, along with many others. They are among the most commonly used medications in the world. Many are available over the counter. Aspirin is a type of NSAID that works slightly differently than others.

Using a low dose of NSAIDs for a short amount of time is generally safe. However, serious side effects can occur, especially with longer use of higher doses. The most serious side effects are increased risks of heart attack, stroke, stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney disease.

There is no single best or safest NSAID to use to treat pain. Ask your doctor about which NSAID is best for you, especially if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal bleeding or kidney disease.

The best way to lower the risk of serious side effects from NSAIDs is to use the lowest amount of NSAIDs for the shortest amount of time needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.