What are the possible side effects of NSAIDS?

Because NSAIDs affect chemicals that protect areas of your digestive tract, overusing NSAIDs can cause ulcers, kidney failure, liver failure, and gastrointestinal  bleeding. These are the most common side effects of NSAIDs.

NSAIDs can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, even in the first weeks of use and among people who don't have previous risk factors. However, the chances increase with long-term use and high dosages, and is higher for people who have existing heart disease.

Other side effects include, but are not limited to, drowsiness, rash, dizziness, headache, reduced appetite, incontinence, nausea, vomiting, and swelling.

Speak to your doctor immediately if you experience severe or abnormal side effects.
While the pain-relieving effect is excellent with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), this is not without possible side effects. These drugs may lead to abdominal pain, abnormal liver tests (blood tests), asthma in those   allergic to NSAIDS, aggravation of or kidney failure, dizziness, gastritis, heartburn, increased blood pressure, indigestion, intestinal bleeding, anemia, decrease of platelet effect, peptic ulcers, and ringing in the ears. NSAIDs should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, asthma, or ulcers. Additional monitoring of your dose is necessary if you are taking anticoagulants, cyclosporine, lithium or methotrexate. If you have aspirin sensitivity, use NSAIDs with caution. 

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