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Are there any particular complications in the use of NSAIDs to treat RA?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
NSAIDs also raise a person's risk of heart problems, such as heart attacks and heart failure. Because people with RA already have a higher risk of heart problems, NSAIDs are given for RA less often. Some recent studies suggest NSAIDs may be less risky for people with RA than for others. But this has not been clearly proven, and doctors continue to recommend cautious, short-term use.

In any case, if an NSAID is part of your RA treatment plan, your doctor will most likely have you stop taking it as soon as your DMARDs and other drug treatments have gotten your RA symptoms under control. 

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