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NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDs)
How to use this medication
NSAIDs are medications used to treat different types of pain and arthritis. Available NSAIDs include: ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren, Arthrotec), indomethacin (Indocid), ketorolac (Toradol), meloxicam (Mobicox), nabumetone (Relafen), piroxicam (Feldene), tiaprofenic acid (Surgam), & sulindac (Clinoril)
Each NSAID is taken differently. Your doctor will tell you how to take your medicine.
What you need to do
NSAIDs can irritate the stomach. Let your doctor know if:
- You have any stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting
- You have heartburn or indigestion
- You notice black or bloody stools
- You are vomiting blood or “coffee ground” material
Don’t take NSAIDs if you have an allergy to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Don’t take NSAIDs with other NSAIDs. This can increase the risk of stomach problems. Be careful taking NSAIDs with blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin).
Side effects & important things to know
You should be careful using NSAIDs if you have kidney problems. Please talk to your doctor.
NSAIDs can cause an increase in your blood pressure. Your doctor will monitor this. Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure.
NSAIDs can cause swelling of the legs. It can also worsen a condition called congestive heart failure (CHF). Tell your doctor if you have CHF or if you develop leg swelling.
Patients who have had a recent heart attack or stroke or experienced serious chest pain from heart disease should not take NSAIDs.
NSAIDs can rarely cause an allergic rash. Stop the medicine and let your doctor know if you develop a rash, hives, or blisters.
Let your doctor know if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine