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

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The most common side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are:

Serious NSAID side effects are rare. They include:

  • Dizziness or headache
  • Nausea
  • Gas, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Extreme tiredness or weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Bleeding problems
  • Damage to the stomach and small intestine lining that can lead to ulcers
  • Kidney disease
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps
  • Hearing problems

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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