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When shouldn't you use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for arthritis pain?

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You shouldn't use NSAIDs for pain if you are allergic to aspirin or similar drugs. If you have heart disease, kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, asthma or a history of stomach problems, or if you take blood thinners or a diuretic, ask your doctor before taking NSAIDs. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should ask your doctor before taking naproxen, although ibuprofen is considered safe except during the third trimester of pregnancy.

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

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 7, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/7/2019

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 7, 2019

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 7, 2019

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