Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medications widely used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and bring down a high temperature (fever).
They're often used to relieve symptoms of Headaches , painful periods , sprains and strains , colds and flu , arthritis ,and other causes of long-term pain.
Although NSAIDs are commonly used, they're not suitable for everyone and can sometimes cause troublesome side effects.
This information is a general overview of NSAIDs. For information about a specific medicine, you can look up your medication on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website.
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Read about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a widely used medicine for relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and bringing down a high temperature (fever).
NSAIDs are available as tablets, capsules, suppositories (capsules inserted into the bottom), creams, gels and injections. Some can be bought over the counter from pharmacies,while othersneed a prescr
Most people can take NSAIDs, but some people need to be careful about taking them. It's a good idea to ask a pharmacist or doctor for advice before taking an NSAID if you: are over 65 years of age
Like all medications, there's a risk of side effects from NSAIDs. These tend to bemore common if you're taking high doses for a long time, or you're elderly or in poor general health. Over-the-counter
Some NSAIDs can react unpredictably with other medications. This can affect how well either medicineworks and increase the risk of side effects. It's particularly important to getmedical advice befor
The leaflet that comes with your medicine should say whether you need to avoid any particular foods or drinks. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you're not sure. For information about a specificmedici
Taking too much of an NSAID can be dangerous. This is known as taking an overdose. Contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice immediately if you take too much of your medicine and you experience problems
As NSAIDs can cause troublesome side effects, alternatives are often recommended first. The main alternative for pain relief is paracetamol , which is available over the counter and is safe for most