Who should not take NSAIDs?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a specific group of pain relievers. Some NSAIDs are available over the counter. This includes different brands of ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and ketoprofen.

NSAIDs are usually safe for occasional use when taken as directed, but if you have decreased kidney function, they should be avoided. These medications should only be used under a doctor's care by people with kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure or liver disease, or by people who are over 65 or who take diuretic medications. NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of sudden kidney failure and even progressive kidney damage.
Do not take NSAIDs if you drink three or more alcoholic drinks a day. People with certain medical conditions or those taking certain medications may not be able to use NSAIDs for pain relief. These conditions include heart disease, peptic ulcers, stomach or intestinal bleeding, kidney disease, liver disease and bleeding disorders. Do not take blood thinning medications or blood pressure medications while taking NSAIDs.

Children should only take NSAIDs under close supervision, as they risk developing Reye's syndrome if aspirin is taken for chicken pox, influenza and other viral diseases. You may have an allergic reaction if you suffer from asthma or are allergic to an ingredient in the NSAID. Do not use an NSAID to treat the pain from a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

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