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Health Tip: Before You Take an NSAID

Learn about possible adverse effects

(HealthDay News) -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, commonly called NSAIDs, are medications that are often recommended for pain and inflammation. NSAIDs can be obtained by prescription or purchased over-the-counter. Examples include aspirin and ibuprofen.

Some people who take NSAIDs have side effects such as nausea, bleeding, ulcers or impaired kidney function, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.

The academy says you should speak with your doctor before you take NSAIDs if you have any of these conditions:

  • Being pregnant.
  • Having asthma.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having kidney or liver disease.
  • Having had an ulcer.
  • Being 65 or older.
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