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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce fever and inflammation and relieve pain. Examples of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions. Always take these medicines exactly as prescribed or according to the label.
The most common side effects of NSAIDs are stomach upset, heartburn, and nausea. To help prevent these side effects, take NSAIDs with food and a glass of water.
NSAIDs may delay healing. If you develop any of the following signs of infection, stop taking the medication:
Talk to your doctor about whether NSAIDs are right for you. People who are older than 65 or who have existing heart, stomach, kidney, liver, or intestinal disease are at higher risk for problems. For other people, the benefits may outweigh the risks.
Do not take NSAIDS if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of pain medicine.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before you use NSAIDs. It is especially important to avoid using NSAIDs during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless your doctor tells you to. They can cause problems with the baby or the delivery.
Talk to your doctor before taking NSAIDs if you have:
Talk to your doctor before using NSAIDs if you take:
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome, a rare but serious disease.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofOctober 14, 2016
Current as of: October 14, 2016
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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