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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

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What are NSAIDs?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce inflammation, which helps to ease joint pain and stiffness.

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How do I take NSAIDs and how long do they take to work?

NSAIDs are available as tablets, liquids, suppositories or creams and gels. The dosage will depend on the type of drug. They usually work within a few hours, although it can take 2 or more weeks for you to feel the full effect of prescribed NSAIDs. Read more >

What are the possible risks and side-effects of NSAIDs?

Side-effects of NSAIDs can include heartburn, indigestion, stomach ulcers and skin rashes. They can damage the lining of your stomach, especially if you take them in higher doses or for a long time. There’s also some concern about small increases in the risk of heart attacks and strokes when NSAIDs are used for a long time. Read more >
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