What You Need to Know About NSAID’s

As a person suffering with bone or joint issues, you may be in pain frequently and wondering what your options are. Your orthopedic doctor may present you with many options, one of which is the use of NSAIDs, or Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. Before deciding on a course of treatment, you will wish to know some important facts about NSAIDs.

Common NSAIDs
Medications that are within this class are likely to be familiar to you already. Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), naprosen (Aleve), aspirin, and celecoxib (Celebrex) may be drugs you’ve taken before for orthopedic pain. The majority can be obtained over the counter, albeit in lower doses than what your orthopedic doctor may prescribe to relieve your pain and inflammation.

Potential for Kidney Damage
NSAIDs are processed by your kidneys, which can cause a very dangerous situation for anyone who has had kidney issues in their life. Patients who have been diagnosed with kidney weakness, polycystic kidney disease, or kidney failure should avoid these drugs as their use may result in the shutdown of your kidneys.

Stomach Issues
These medications have the potential to trouble your digestive system, even causing ulcers to develop. Short term use is recommended, and you should try to take these drugs with food and plenty to drink.

Potential Cardiovascular Effects
Emerging research has linked the long-term use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories to significantly increased risk of stroke and cardiac events such as heart attacks. Your orthopedic doctor should be made aware of any heart and vascular conditions you may have, no matter how trivial.

Accessibility
NSAIDs are widely available, and very cost effective. You can purchase store brands of the medications at almost any store (even dollar and discount stores) and generally spend only a few dollars to get them.

Versatility
This class of medication provides effective pain management without potential issues with addiction and withdrawal. In contrast to heavy narcotics, NSAIDs are typically safer and may be taken while working and operating equipment. These drugs can be used for fever reduction, orthopedic pain, dental issues, muscle aches, and close to any other reason you might be in pain.

Your orthopedic doctor can tell you if NSAIDs are the right drug for you. As with any medication, there are benefits and risks you should be aware of before taking, but for the most part NSAIDs can be a very effective tool in your orthopedic arsenal.

 

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