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Archive for April 21st, 2010

Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory

NSAIDs are medications used to treat pain and swelling. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are NSAIDs. The term “non-steroidal” separates these drugs from “steroids” which also reduce pain and swelling.

Adverse reactions to NSAIDs within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract like ulcers, discomfort, and bleeding result for up to 100,000 hospital admissions every year. There may also be up to 16,000 deaths related to GI issues stemming from NSAID use.

Conservative treatments like knee braces can help reduce dependence on NSAIDs.