Short for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs are a commonly used over-the-counter variety of medication. They are also available in prescription form for a physician. Their ability to work is because they can block specific proteins and enzymes which are created by the body, thereby easing inflammation and relieving pain symptoms being experienced. Certain NSAIDs even have a direct positive effect on a protein called prostaglandin that causes women to bleed too heavily during their period.
Below you will find a list of drugs that fall under the class of NSAIDS:
NSAIDs are taken to help relieve pain and calm a fever. Their anti-inflammatory properties are helpful in reducing swelling and discomfort experienced by arthritis sufferers. NSAIDs may also be taken by those suffering an injury such as a broken bone. People, who suffer from a disease, may also reach for an NSAID to help relieve their pain symptoms. Women, who experience menstrual cramping, may find relief by taking NSAIDs. They can even be used to relieve the pain associated with kidney stones.
NSAIDs Side Effects
Common side effects of taking NSAID medications include:
- stomach upset
- skin rashes.
If side effects are a concern for you, it is a good idea to read the label of each specific medication in order to decide whether you want to risk taking it or not. However, it should be noted that there are more serious side effects which occur in rare cases. If you experience any of the following, dial 911 immediately:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
- signs of a heart attack or a stroke
Call a physician right away if you develop hives, show blood in the stool or have any bleeding that you cannot explain. As NSAIDs are strong medications, Webmd advises not to take a nonprescription NSAID for longer than ten days unless instructed by a medical professional. They explain that this is because NSAIDs may increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke and other conditions such as intestinal bleeding.
If you are someone who takes blood thinners, mental health medications, water pills or medicine for arthritis or diabetes, you need to talk to your doctor before taking NSAIDs. In addition to this, you should not take this medication while drinking a great deal of alcohol.