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

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Aspirin taken in low doses with a doctor's supervision can help protect some people from a heart attack, but some NSAIDs can raise your risk of heart disease and strokes, especially when you take high doses or take them for a long time. They can also make blood pressure medicine less effective.

People younger than 18 shouldn't take aspirin unless directed by their doctor, due to the risk of a serious condition called Reye's syndrome.

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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