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What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are medications that decrease inflammation and pain by deterring prostaglandin production. Prostaglandins are chemicals that line your digestive tract and cause pain, fever and inflammation. By reducing inflammation, NSAIDs can relieve the pain caused by menstrual cramps, arthritis, some injuries, coughs and colds and headaches.

NSAIDS are available in both over-the-counter and prescription strength formulas. The over-the-counter drug names for NSAIDs include: aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen and are often sold under the brand names Bayer, St. Joseph, Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

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