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What are the side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

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Use of NSAIDs can raise your chances of heart attack or stroke, particularly in higher doses. But the most common side effects of NSAIDs are heartburn, indigestion, abdominal or stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Other possible side effects include:

You can lower your odds of side effects by taking the medicine with food or milk.

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • swelling of the feet
  • stomach ulcers or GI bleeding
  • headache

From: What’s In Your Arthritis Medicine? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/09/2017

SOURCES:

University of Washington School of Medicine: "Aspirin and Related Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Arthritis Today: "NSAIDs."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Common OTC Products: Are They Effective?"

Colorado State University Extension: "Nutrient-Drug Interactions and Food."

Hepatitis C Support Project Fact Sheet: "The Liver: Acetaminophen and Your Liver."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Washington School of Medicine: "Aspirin and Related Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Arthritis Today: "NSAIDs."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Common OTC Products: Are They Effective?"

Colorado State University Extension: "Nutrient-Drug Interactions and Food."

Hepatitis C Support Project Fact Sheet: "The Liver: Acetaminophen and Your Liver."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

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