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What are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

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NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lower the level of chemicals called prostaglandins that are involved in inflammation. The result: less swelling and pain.

Some NSAIDs need a prescription. Others are sold “over the counter,” or “OTC,” which means you don’t need a prescription to buy them. Examples are ibuprofen and naproxen.

Your doctor or pharmacist can help you choose what’s right for you.

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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