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Side Effects of NSAID Pain Medication


Anyone who takes OTC or Over-The-Counter pain medicine often called NSAIDs may experience anywhere from mild to serious side effects. NSAIDs often go by well-known names such as Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Naproxen, or Motrin.


Serious side effects are less common than mild ones, and the likelihood of any side effect varies among individuals. People taking drugs in high dosages or over a more extended term are more likely to have side effects which may include negative effects to your heart, kidney and / or liver.


Prescription NSAIDs are generally more effective in relieving pain, particularly intense pain, than OTC NSAIDs. However, they are more likely to cause side effects. Less severe side effects that some people experience include indigestion and other gut complaints, headaches, dizziness, and drowsiness. Rare adverse events associated with NSAIDs include problems with:

-fluid retention -the kidneys -the liver -the heart and circulation


NSAIDs can also increase blood pressure. The risk of heart attack and stroke may be higher for a person who takes NSAIDs, unless they take aspirin. However, this is usually more of a concern for people who have other risk factors for heart problems.


If your joint pain has you reaching for these types of medicines more than now and then, you are at risk and may need to address the source of the condition. The modern and innovative medical techniques offered at NYC Pain MD are aimed at getting you moving better, feeling better, and helping you cut back or eliminate your need for the pain meds.

Call us for a No Cost No Obligation Pain Assessment to explore your options: 877-245-9252

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