How can you lessen the side effects from taking NSAIDs?
There is no way to avoid the side effects of any drug, but you and your doctor can lower your risk of having side effects from NSAIDs. For example:
If you don't need 24-hour a day relief, avoid one-dose-a-day types of NSAIDs, especially if you are over age 60. These medications stay in your body longer and may cause more side effects.
Ask your doctor about taking a second drug, such as an acid blocker, that can reduce your risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding. Some medications combine an NSAID and an acid blocker in one pill.
If you have lasting or unusual pain in your stomach after starting an NSAID, tell your doctor right away.
- Use acetaminophen instead of NSAIDs for pain relief that your doctor doesn't feel requires an anti-inflammatory drug.
- Take the smallest dose of NSAIDs that you need.
- Take NSAIDs with food.
From: What Are NSAIDs for Arthritis? WebMD Medical Reference
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