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How do NSAIDs work?

NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are medications that decrease inflammation and pain by deterring prostaglandin production. Prostaglandins are chemicals produced by cells in the body that promote pain, fever and inflammation. They also protect the lining of your digestive tract and support blood clotting functions. Since they reduce inflammation, NSAIDs are useful for painful conditions like menstrual cramps, arthritis, some injuries, coughs and colds and headaches.

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