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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What are NSAIDs?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed for inflammation and pain. They are referred to as nonsteroidal to distinguish them from steroids which have some similar effects.

Examples of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen, piroxicam, and nabumetone. Some NSAIDs are available over-the-counter while others are prescription only.

Patients who develop signs of allergic reaction to aspirin should seek emergency care. Below are some of the signs to watch out for:

  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • stomach discomfort or heartburn
  • drowsiness
  • headache

Serious side effects may occur with aspirin use. Patients are advised to stop using aspirin and contact the healthcare provider immediately if any of the following signs and symptoms occur:

  • black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; * swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days
  • ringing in the ears
  • fever lasting longer than 3 days

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