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NSAID Precautions

Patients that take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat the pain and swelling associated with their osteoarthritis of the knee should take certain precautions.

NSAIDs are known to have side effects.  To limit the damage to your stomach you should take certain steps to protect yourself.

1.  Lower the Dose – stomach problems can be reduced by taking smaller doses.

2.  Avoid Alcohol – this will decrease the chance of internal bleeding.

3. Take NSAIDs with Food – Help protect the lining of your stomach.

Always check with your physician before taking any medication.