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Who is at risk of side effects from taking NSAIDs?

NSAIDs carry warnings for cardiovascular side effects and gastrointestinal side effects.  They can cause ulcers, especially in older people and those who use the medication for a long time.  The cardiovascular risk is highest in people with a history of cardiac disease, but it can affect anyone.  Higher doses are also a risk factor for cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke.  Short term use is still considered relatively safe, but if a person experiences chest pain, numbness on one side of the body, slurred speech or other signs of heart attack or stroke, they should seek emergency help.

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