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What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs reduce inflammation as well as relieving pain. They’re widely used for inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, a short course of NSAIDs may also be helpful for osteoarthritis, even though there’s usually relatively little inflammation in osteoarthritis.

There are about 20 different NSAIDs available. Some, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are widely available over the counter. Others are only available on prescription.

They can be used in combination with paracetamol or compound analgesics such as co-codamol if necessary.

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