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What will a doctor consider before recommending a specific non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)?

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Before recommending a specific pain pill, a doctor will consider:

  • Your medical history
  • Your current health concerns
  • Other medicines you take
  • Allergies and past reactions to meds
  • How well your liver and kidneys work
  • Surgeries you’ve had
  • Your treatment plan and goals

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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