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What Are NSAIDs for Arthritis?

NSAIDS – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug – is a type of painkiller. On prescription doses, these medicines also prevent inflammation.

Doctors use NSAIDs to cure many things that cause pain or swelling including rheumatoid arthritis.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs
NSAIDs that you can purchase without a prescription:

BRAND NAME GENERIC NAME
Advil, Motrin ibuprofen
Aleve naproxen sodium
Ascriptin, Bayer, Ecotrin aspirin

Do not use an over-the-counter NSAID for more than 10 days without checking your doctor. Over-the-counter NSAIDs are effective painkillers, but they are intended for short-term use. While taking long NSAIDs, your doctor should closely follow how you are doing so that he can see side effects and if necessary, change your treatment.

Prescription Anti-inflammatory Drugs

The following NSAIDs are available only with a doctor’s prescription:

BRAND NAME GENERIC NAME
Anaprox naproxen sodium
Cambia, Cataflam diclofenac potassium
Celebrex celecoxib
Clinoril sulindac
Daypro oxaprozin
Feldene piroxicam
Indocin, Tivorbex indomethacin
Mobic, Vivlodex meloxicam
Nalfon fenoprofen
Naprelan, Naprosyn naproxen
Vimovo naproxen/esomeprazole
Voltaren, Zorvolex diclofenac
diflunisal
etodolac
ketorolac tromethamine
meclofenamate
nabumetone
salsalate

All prescription NSAIDs have a warning that medicines can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and stomach bleeding.

Do they all work the same way?
They reduce all the pain and swelling, but you can find that you get more relief from one NSAID than the other, and some NSAIDs may have less side effects than others. The effect varies from person to person.

Some NSAIDs may also be more convenient because you only need to take them once or twice a day.

What are the common side effects?

NSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially in high doses. They can also cause bleeding from the stomach.

NSAIDs are the safest when you take them in a low dose for a short period. Side effects are most likely when you take a long dose (long enough for months or years).

Some side effects are mild and after dosing the dose or moving on their own. Others may be more serious and require medical attention.

Common side effects of NSAIDs include:

  • Stomach ache and heartburn
  • Stomach ulcers
  • The tendency to bleed more often, especially when taking aspirin. Your doctor may prevent you from taking NSAIDs before surgery. Before taking NSAID, ask your doctor if you are on hemoglobin medications (such as camadine).
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Allergic reactions such as rashes, wheezing and swelling in the throat
  • Problem of liver or kidney If you have any kidney problem, you should not take NSAID without having to check with your doctor.
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling of the foot

Who is more likely to have stomach ulcers and bleeding?

  • Anyone with stomach ulcer can take NSAIDs. But this may be more likely if you:
  • Are over 60 years of age
  • Smoke
  • Keep history of stomach ulcers
  • There is more than one medical problem
  • Drink three or more alcoholic drinks daily
  • Take anti-inflammatory steroids, such as prednisone
  • Kidney failure
  • How to reduce side effects

There is no way to avoid the side effects of any medicine. But you and your doctor can reduce the risk of having side effects from NSAID. for example:

 

  • To relieve pain, use acetaminophen instead of NSAID, your doctor does not think that an anti-inflammatory drug is needed.
    Take the smallest dose of NSAID that you need.
  • Take NSAIDs with food.
  • If you do not need 24-hour relief, avoid one-dose-one-day types of NSAID, especially if you are over 60 years of age. These medicines can last longer in your body and cause more side effects.
  • Ask your doctor about taking a second medication, such as acid inhibitor, which can reduce the risk of your stomach ulcers and bleeding. Some medicines combine an NSAID and an acid inhibitor in a tablet.

If you have permanent or abnormal pain in your stomach after starting NSAID then tell your doctor immediately.

How are NSAIDs given?

The doctor writes NSAIDs in various doses depending on your condition.

Dosage can be up to one to four times per day, depending on the amount of medication it contains in your body. For example, if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), then your doctor may prescribe high dose of NSAID, because couples often have high heat, swelling, redness and hardness with RA.

Low dose may be sufficient for osteoarthritis and muscle injuries, because usually there is less swelling and often there is no heat or redness in the joints.

No NSAID is guaranteed to work. Your doctor can write several types of NSAIDs before finding the best person for you.

If I am being treated for high blood pressure, can I take NSAID?
NSAIDs can increase blood pressure in some people. Some people with high blood pressure may have to stop taking NSAID if their blood pressure increases, even if they take their blood pressure medicines regularly.

Who should not take NSAID?

Ask your doctor before taking NSAID:

  • You have had serious side effects from taking a painkiller or a fever reducer.
  • You have a higher risk of bleeding than stomach.
  • You are having stomach problems, including envy.
  • You have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis or kidney disease.
  • You have asthma.
  • You take a diuretic medication.

 

Updated: December 31, 2018 — 10:18 am

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