NSAIDs – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

NSAIDs - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

NSAIDs- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are medications that relieve or reduce pain.

The most popular examples of this group of drugs are aspirin and ibuprofen. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) also come under the wider definition of non-opioid analgesics.

This means they are a separate type of painkiller from opioid drugs (such as morphine) that are typically used for more severe types of pain.

NSAIDs are usually taken for less severe types of pain that result from various problems involving aches and pains.

They include some of the most common pain relief drugs in the world, used by around 30 million Americans every day.

Fast facts on NSAIDs

  • Many NSAIDs are available over the counter (OTC) – they are generally safe as long as they are used according to the label.
  • NSAIDs may be preferable for cramps, aches and pains, or pain problems involving fever or swelling.
  • There are risks in regularly taking NSAIDs over a long period, so patients should seek medical advice for long-term pain complaints.

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