Has your doctor told you that anti-inflammatory drugs can help manage your condition?

Find out why these drugs may just be the answer to your pain problems.

We Know: All About Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

What are anti-inflammatory drugs?

Anti-inflammatory drugs treat pain and a variety of other conditions. They are often available over the counter and are used to treat the inflammation that makes pain worse. Some anti-inflammatory drugs are only available through prescription because of their individually-oriented side effects.

What are anti-inflammatory drugs used for?

These drugs are used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. More specifically, anti-inflammatory drugs are also used to treat certain conditions like headaches, toothaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps and muscle pain.

How do anti-inflammatory drugs work?

Anti-inflammatory drugs work by blocking the enzymes called COX in the body that promote inflammation and pain in order to lessen this inflammation. However, since COX are also responsible for making the stomach lining and clotting the blood, those who take anti-inflammatory drugs may suffer from ulcers or bleed easier when cut.

What are the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs?

Although the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs are typically mild, it is a good idea to be aware of them. Normal side effects include nausea, stomachache, diarrhea, headache and lightheadedness. Some people are allergic to anti-inflammatory medications, however, and their reactions can be much more severe. If you exhibit any of the following, seek medical attention right away.

  • Swelling of the extremities.
  • Irregular heartbeat or rapid heartbeat.
  • Fainting.

Are there any risks when taking anti-inflammatory drugs?

Anti-inflammatory drugs are great for treating all sorts of conditions but can increase your risk of a heart attack, ulcers and intestinal bleeding. Risk for these problems are increased for people who suffer from the following:

  • People with anemia, because many anti-inflammatory drugs contain blood-thinning agents.
  • People with kidney problems. The medication is filtered through your kidneys and can cause irritation.
  • People with intestinal problems should not take anti-inflammatory drugs because it can cause ulcers and intestinal bleeding.

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