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How should I take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are available both with and without a prescription. Exercise caution when using these drugs. Popular over-the-counter NSAIDs include aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), and naproxen (Aleve). If you are taking an NSAID solely to relieve pain, expect to take a low dosage for a limited amount of time -- usually until the pain is gone. If you have a condition that involves inflammation as well as pain, such as Achilles tendinitis or a sprain, your doctor may advise you to take an NSAID at a higher dose and for a longer period, sometimes as much as several weeks. Why the difference? You can feel the pain-relieving effects of NSAIDs almost immediately, but you do not experience the full anti-inflammatory effects until a sufficient amount of the medication builds up in your bloodstream. Be aware that NSAID medications have a variety of side effects, so it is important to discuss your personal health risks with your doctor when considering their regular use.

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