What are the types of anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs)?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medicines that can reduce inflammation, pain, swelling and stiffness, all of which happen with osteoarthritis. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Wal-Profin), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Actron), aspirin and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) are some examples of NSAIDs.

NSAIDs are available both over-the-counter and with a prescription. NSAIDs may react with other drugs. They also can raise the risk of stomach bleeding and heart attack, and should not be taken with certain pre-existing health conditions.

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