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What are the cons of taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain?

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Taking these medications for a long time may cause serious side effects like a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and stomach irritation and bleeding for some people, especially in those who are older. If you take a daily aspirin, you should also talk with your doctor about whether it’s safe for you to take other NSAIDs.

NSAIDs you rub on your skin, such as diclofenac cream, also work well for hand and knee arthritis and are less likely to cause side effects than pills that you swallow.

SOURCES: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Washington, D.C.

 American Academy of Family Physicians.

 FDA. 

Messier, SP.  2013.   JAMA,

Arthritis Care & Research: "American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee."

Solomon, DH.   2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen, A. 2012.  Circulation, 

Bennett, J.   2005. Circulation,

Parkes, M.   2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Washington, D.C.

 American Academy of Family Physicians.

 FDA. 

Messier, SP.  2013.   JAMA,

Arthritis Care & Research: "American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee."

Solomon, DH.   2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen, A. 2012.  Circulation, 

Bennett, J.   2005. Circulation,

Parkes, M.   2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 14, 2017

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