Anti-inflammatory Medication (NSAID)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are drugs with anti-inflammatory effects. Non-steroidal are non-narcotic. The most prominent members of this group of drugs are:

  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • naproxen
They are available over-the-counter in many areas. Anti-inflammatory medication works by reducing the inflammation. The nonsteroidal anti–inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat mild and moderate pain due to certain conditions.

NSAIDs are more than just pain relievers. They also help reduce inflammation and lower fevers and prevent blood from clotting.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs may be sufficient for temporary conditions such as sprains, strains, and flares of back pain. For chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or other these drugs are administered by a doctor in higher prescription doses and may be prescribed over a long period of time.

It is important to know the side effects of NSAIDs before making a decision to take them. Risks of all NSAIDs include:

  • stomach problems like bleeding and ulcer
  • high blood pressure
  • fluid retention
  • heart and kidney problems
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    Anti-inflammatory Medication (NSAID) is Used For These Conditions

    Area
    Condition Average Result Healed Helped
    a Lot
    Helped
    a Little
    No Change Made Worse
    All Conditions (average)
    3.3
    (193)
    32 50 51 56 4
    Arm
    Tennis Elbow
    5.0
    1
    Arm
    Elbow Tendinitis
    5.0
    1
    Arm
    Biceps Tendinitis
    4.0
    2
    Back General
    Pain
    4.3
    3 1
    Back General
    Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease
    3.5
    1 1
    Back General
    Spina Biffida/ Scoliosis
    3.3
    1 1 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Pinched Nerve
    5.0
    1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Piriformis Syndrome
    4.5
    1 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Pain
    3.2
    3 2 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease
    3.2
    2 3 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Herniated Disk
    3.1
    1 3 6 2 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Muscle Strain
    3.0
    1 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Stenosis
    3.0
    1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Coccyx Area Pain
    2.7
    1 2 4
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Sacroiliac Joint
    2.5
    1 1
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Sciatica
    2.5
    1 2 5
    Back Lower (Lumbar)
    Spondylolisthesis
    2.0
    1
    Back Mid (Thoracic)
    Pain
    4.0
    1
    Back Mid (Thoracic)
    Herniated Disk
    3.3
    1 2
    Back Mid (Thoracic)
    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    2.0
    1
    Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
    Pain
    3.0
    2
    Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
    Herniated Disc in Neck
    3.0
    1 1 3
    Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
    Muscle Strain
    2.0
    1
    General
    Gum Abscess
    4.0
    1
    General
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    3.0
    1 1
    General
    Extremely Low or No Flexibility in Joints
    3.0
    1
    General
    Fibromyalgia
    2.7
    1 2 3
    General
    Hypermobility
    2.0
    1
    Head
    Chronic Headache
    3.3
    1 3
    Hip
    Pointer
    5.0
    1
    Hip
    Fracture
    5.0
    1
    Hip
    Arthritis
    4.0
    1
    Hip
    Tendonitis
    4.0
    1
    Hip
    Dysplasia
    4.0
    1
    Hip
    Bursitis
    3.3
    1 3 1 1 1
    Hip
    Osteoarthritis
    3.3
    1 1 2
    Hip
    Labral Tear
    3.0
    1 1 1
    Hip
    Pain
    2.8
    1 3
    Hip
    Ischial Tuberosity Syndrome
    2.0
    1
    Knee
    Lack of Meniscus in Medial Compartment
    5.0
    1
    Knee
    Bursitis
    5.0
    1
    Knee
    Iliotibial band syndrome
    5.0
    1
    Knee
    Medial Collateral Ligament Injury
    4.5
    4 1 1
    Knee
    Lateral Meniscus Tear
    4.5
    1 1
    Knee
    Tendinitus
    4.3
    1 2
    Knee
    Chondromalacia
    4.0
    1
    Knee
    Water on the Knee
    3.5
    1 1
    Knee
    Anterior Cruciate Ligament Damage (ACL)
    3.3
    1 1 1
    Knee
    Patello-Femoral Syndrome
    3.3
    1 2
    Knee
    Osteoarthritis
    3.3
    1 3
    Knee
    Medial Meniscus Tear
    3.2
    1 1 2 2
    Knee
    Pain
    2.9
    5 3 6
    Knee
    Articular Cartilage Damage
    2.5
    1 1
    Knee
    Plica Syndrome
    2.0
    1
    Leg
    Plantar Fasciitis
    3.5
    1 1
    Leg
    Hamstring Strain
    3.0
    1
    Neurological
    Tumors
    4.0
    1
    Neurological
    Migraine
    3.3
    1 2
    Shoulder
    AC Joint Sprain
    5.0
    1
    Shoulder
    Dislocation
    5.0
    1
    Shoulder
    Tendinitis
    3.3
    2 1 1
    Shoulder
    Bone Spurs
    3.0
    1
    Shoulder
    Rotator Cuff Injury
    2.7
    2 2 5
    Shoulder
    Pain
    2.3
    1 2
    Shoulder
    Arthritis With Impingement
    2.0
    1
    Skin
    Eczema
    4.0
    1
    Skin
    Psoriasis
    4.0
    1
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