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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

St Serf’s Patients only

for patients registered with Doctors Balfour/Cunningham/Dalgety/Frew/Jones/Pattison/Reid/Smith

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Diclofenac, Celecoxib, Mefenamic Acid, Etoricoxib, and Indomethacin. These medications are commonly prescribed for arthritis and pain.

Things you need to know:

  • You should take the lowest possible dose (e.g. Ibuprofen 200mg, Naproxen 250mg, Diclofenac 50mg), for the shortest period
  • Consider NSAID gel rub or paracetamol instead
  • These medications can cause stomach ulcers. If you are taking them long-term you may need to take a stomach tablet such as Omeprazole to protect your stomach
  • If you develop stomach pain or bleeding please contact the surgery
  • If you are sick you should stop taking these medications
  • These medications may worsen existing health issues such as heart, liver and kidney problems.
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