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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.YesNoUnsure
NSAIDs help me control my pain.YesNoUnsure
I only get relief if I take NSAIDs in high doses.YesNoUnsure
I have high blood pressure.YesNoUnsure
I have had a heart attack, stroke, or heart surgery.YesNoUnsure
I have angina.YesNoUnsure
My doctor has told me that I am at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.YesNoUnsure
I have kidney or liver disease.YesNoUnsure
I have a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.YesNoUnsure
I am over 60 and am at higher risk of developing an ulcer.YesNoUnsure
I have asthma.YesNoUnsure
I have asthma as well as nasal polyps or sinus problems.YesNoUnsure
I have had an allergic reaction to an NSAID in the past.YesNoUnsure
I have to take steroids, like prednisone, for a medical condition.YesNoUnsure
I take anticoagulants or "blood thinners."YesNoUnsure
I have more than one alcoholic drink a night.YesNoUnsure

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 decision.

Leaning toward using NSAIDs regularly
Leaning toward not using NSAIDs regularly










If you are leaning toward using an NSAID, which type and why?



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Reviewed on October 17, 2005

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