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How To Take NSAID Painkillers Correctly

NSAID anti-inflammatory medicationPatients see a chiropractor because they are in pain, be it back pain, a headache/migraine, neck pain etc… If needs, they have already either: seen their GP for a prescription painkiller, or, their local pharmacist for an over the counter painkiller.
I came across an article on the medscape website titled “NSAIDs: Not as Safe as Patients May Think”.

Medscape is a medical website for healthcare practitioners. This article was a discussion on the dangers of patients not understanding the risks involved when taking a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) painkiller.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Brands

Some common NSAID drug names you may recognise are:

  • Diclofenac a.k.a Diclomax®, Defenac®, Diclofex®, Dyloject®, Econac®, Enstar®, Flamrase®, Flamatak®, Motifene®, Rheumatac®, Rhumalgan®, Volsaid®, Voltarol®
  • Ibuprofen a.k.a Brufen®; Calprofen®; Nurofen®; Orbifen®; Fenbid®
  • Naproxen a.k.a Naprosyn®, Napratec®, Vimovo®
  • Celecoxib a.k.a Celebrex®
  • Mefenamic acid a.k.a Ponstan®
  • Etoricoxib a.k.a Arcoxia®
  • Aspirin

NSAID Side Effects

Patients who are at a higher risk of complications and side effects from anti-inflammatory medication are:

  1. The elderly
  2. Person with kidney disease/condtion
  3. Person with liver disease/condition
  4. Someone who has had a heart attack
  5. If you have a stomach ulcer
  6. Type 1 or 2 diabetes

Now this is not a complete list from the NHS website

The Best Way to Take Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

If your GP or specialist hospital doctor prescribed the medication for you then they should know the risk/benefit ratios and which type of NSAID you should take and and what dosage. A point highlighted in the medscape article was to discuss with your doctor if you should take a medication with the NSAID to help protect your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and gut).

If you are a marathon runner, crossfitter, golfer, triathlete or any other sport enthusiast who takes a painkiller just in case you feel pain or regularly when you exercise then have you thought of the effect on your kidneys and liver? Should you try a more natural painkiller/anti-inflammatory?

The best advice would be:

Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time.

For more advice for the public like yourself check out the info on Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs.

Last Updated on April 20th, 2014, | Category: Medication

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