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.

This page covers:

Types of NSAIDs

Who can take NSAIDs

Side effects of NSAIDs

Interactions with other medicines

Food and alcohol

Overdoses of NSAIDs

Alternatives to NSAIDs

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 30 Nov 2016