Making the Decision on NSAIDs
Should you take anti-inflammatory pain relievers regularly? Here are pros and cons to help you make your decision.
Making Your Decision on NSAIDs
Use this worksheet to help you make your decision. After finishing it, you
should have a better idea of how you feel about using NSAIDs on a regular
basis. Discuss the worksheet with your doctor.
For each question, circle the answer that best applies to you.
|I am in chronic pain that restricts my life and activities.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|NSAIDs help me control my pain.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I only get relief if I take NSAIDs in high doses.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have high blood pressure.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have had a heart attack, stroke, or heart surgery.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have angina.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|My doctor has told me that I am at a higher risk of heart attack
|I have kidney or liver disease.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I am over 60 and am at higher risk of developing an ulcer.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have asthma.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have asthma as well as nasal polyps or sinus problems.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have had an allergic reaction to an NSAID in the past.||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have to take steroids, like prednisone, for a medical
|I take anticoagulants or "blood thinners."||Yes||No||Unsure|
|I have more than one alcoholic drink a night.||Yes||No||Unsure|
What Is Your Overall Impression About NSAIDs?
Your answers in the above worksheet may give you a general idea of where you
stand on this issue. You may find that you have one overriding reason to use or
not to use NSAIDs on a regular basis.
Check the box below that represents your overall impression about your
|Leaning toward using NSAIDs regularly||Leaning toward not using NSAIDs regularly|
If you are leaning toward using an NSAID, which type and why?