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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 21, 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.



3 Responses to “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)”

  1. michal says:

    I used NSAIDS for years for my sore knee but had to stop due to stomach issues. Glucosamine helped also but the most effective was weight loss, but anything you do – long term the arthritis doesn’t go away. It may abate for a while but comes back when least desired.

  2. michal says:

    Knee braces can help but they arn’t the nicest looking things to strap on. I guess it depends on how much pain you are in as to whether you will wear a knee brace. Knee arthroscopies do do much – had 2. Knee injections work for a while – only temporary fix.

  3. Amy says:

    I used NSAIDS for years for my sore knee but had to stop due to stomach issues. Glucosamine helped also but the most effective was weight loss, but anything you do – long term the arthritis doesn’t go away. It may abate for a while but comes back when least desired.

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