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Tips on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

I assumed, wrongly, that a slow-release medication would be preferable for treating my osteoarthritis. But after two years of taking Oruvail retard tablets I developed a duodenal ulcer and I am now left with gastritis. No surprise, perhaps, as my blood group O predisposes to the development of duodenal ulcers. My father also had one. So the Spanish research reported in the summer edition of Arthritis Today is a timely warning to others to avoid this unpleasant side-effect with the increased risk with slow-release preparations.
David Evered, Ashford, Middlesex

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