Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve pain and fever. You also can use them to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Over-the-counter NSAIDs include:
Aspirin (Anacin, Entrophen) is also an NSAID. But it doesn't work the same way as these other NSAIDs.
Prescription NSAIDs include:
Take NSAIDS exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor or nurse call line if you think you are having a problem with your medicine. If you are taking over-the-counter medicine, read and follow all instructions on the label.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Aspirin is not like other NSAIDs. It can help certain people lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke. But taking aspirin isn't right for everyone, because it can cause serious bleeding.
Talk to your doctor before you start taking aspirin every day. You and your doctor can decide if aspirin is a good choice for you based on your risk of a heart attack or stroke and your risk of serious bleeding. If you have a low risk of a heart attack or stroke, the benefits of aspirin probably won't outweigh the risk of bleeding.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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