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What Are NSAIDs?

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Updated June 13, 2014

Definition: NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Available over-the-counter and in prescription form, NSAIDs fight pain associated with swelling. Taking NSAIDs increases the body's anti-inflammatory response, reducing pain and heat from the injured area.

NSAIDs are available over the counter in low doses, or by a doctor's prescription in higher potencies. Some examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofin, naproxen sodium and aspirin. Common side effects of NSAIDs include stomach pain and constipation.

NSAIDs may be used to control chronic pain, or may be used along with other pain medications (such as opioids or adjuvant analgesics) in the treatment of breakthrough pain.

Also Known As: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Examples:
Ibuprofin, aspirin, naproxen sodium, meloxicam
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