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Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs(NSAIDS) and Ulcers

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What are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed medications for the inflammation of arthritis and other body tissues, such as in tendinitis and bursitis. The also are used for minor aches and pains.

Examples of NSAIDs include:

  • aspirin,
  • indomethacin (Indocin),
  • ibuprofen (Motrin),
  • naproxen (Naprosyn),
  • piroxicam (Feldene),
  • nabumetone (Relafen), and
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex).

NSAIDs are available by prescription or without a prescription (over-the-counter). They also are ingredients in many over the counter medications used for colds and minor aches and pain. They are administered orally as capsules, tablets, liquids, or by injection (ketorolac , Toradol). Although not included in this review, NSAIDs also are used as eye drops for eye inflammation (for example, ketorolac tromethamine [Acular]).

NSAIDs are taken regularly by approximately 33 million Americans and over 30 billion doses of NSAIDs are consumed annually in the United States.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2016


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