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I’m considering taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and I’m worried about side effects. What are things to tell my doctor about?

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If you’re considering taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), tell your doctor if you:

  • Are allergic to aspirin or any other pain reliever
  • Have more than three alcoholic drinks a day
  • Have stomach ulcers or bleeding in your digestive system
  • Have liver or kidney disease
  • Have heart disease
  • Are taking blood-thinning medicine or have a bleeding disorder

From: What Are OTC Anti-Inflammation Drugs? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Chronic Pain Association: "ACPA Medications & Chronic Pain, Supplement 2007."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Pain Relievers: Understanding your OTC Options."

The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel's Medical Center (StopPain.org): "Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What Are NSAIDS?"

American Pain Foundation: "Anti-inflammatories for Pain."

American Chronic Pain Association: "Taking Medications Properly."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Chronic Pain Association: "ACPA Medications & Chronic Pain, Supplement 2007."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Pain Relievers: Understanding your OTC Options."

The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel's Medical Center (StopPain.org): "Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What Are NSAIDS?"

American Pain Foundation: "Anti-inflammatories for Pain."

American Chronic Pain Association: "Taking Medications Properly."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 16, 2018

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