What is a good safety rule when taking NSAIDs?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be very effective medications for people with arthritis or other rheumatic diseases when used appropriately. There are different kinds of NSAIDs; therefore, you should always consult with your doctor regarding the dose for each particular type of NSAID. You should never take more than one type of NSAID on any given day because it can lead to overdose, with potential of kidney damage, stomach ulcer and/or bleeding ulcer along with other adverse effects.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To avoid gastrointestinal problems, always take NSAIDs with food. (A glass of milk provides a quick way to avoid an upset stomach.) Never take NSAIDs for more than 10 days without talking with your doctor.
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