The most common side effects of NSAIDs are stomach upset,
heartburn, and nausea. To help prevent these side effects, take NSAIDs with
food and a glass of water.
- NSAIDs can cause a severe allergic reaction.
Symptoms may include
hives, swelling of the face, wheezing, and
shock. If you have any of these symptoms,
call911or other emergency services immediately.
- For safety, read
the label carefully and do not take more than prescribed. Taking a larger dose
or taking the medicine longer than recommended can increase your risk of
dangerous side effects.
- Do not use a nonprescription NSAID for
longer than 10 days without talking to your doctor.
Reasons to stop taking NSAIDs
NSAIDs may delay healing. If you develop any of the following signs
of infection, stop taking the medication:
- An increase in pain
- Skin that is
hot to the touch around the injury or wound
- Redness or red streaks
extending from the injury or wound
- Pus that continues to form in
- Fever with no other cause
- Swollen glands
above the injury or wound
- NSAIDs have the potential to increase your risk
of heart attack, stroke, skin reactions, and serious stomach and intestinal
bleeding. These risks are greater if you take NSAIDs at higher doses or for
longer periods than recommended.
- Aspirin, unlike other NSAIDs, has
been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. It does carry the
risks of serious stomach and intestinal bleeding as well as skin reactions.
Talk to your doctor about whether NSAIDs are right for you. People
who are older than 65 or who have existing heart, stomach, kidney, liver, or
intestinal disease are at higher risk for problems. For other people, the
benefits may outweigh the risks.
Do not take NSAIDS if you have ever had an
allergic reaction to any type of pain medicine.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breast-feeding, talk to your doctor before you use NSAIDs. It is
especially important to avoid using NSAIDs during the last 3 months of
pregnancy unless your doctor tells you to. They can cause problems with the
baby or the delivery.