Frequently you will hear our doctors refer to “NSAIDS”. Just what are those? NSAIDS are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications used for treating conditions such as arthritis. You are probably most familiar with aspirin and ibuprofen as being the two most common NSAIDS.
NSAIDS are more than just pain relievers, they are also great for reducing inflammation. They can cause stomach upset when taken over a period of time so be sure to mention to your doctor if you have existing gastric issues such as GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) or ulcers.
NSAIDS are not just over the counter products, they can also be prescription medications such as Lodine, Naproxen, Feldene, and Mobic to name a few. If your doctor prescribes these medications and you have a history of stomach upset, medication allergies, heart attack, stroke, angina, blood clot or hypertension be sure to let him know. Be sure to discuss any new medications with your pharmacist and primary care physician.