12 January 2009

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

All you want to know about the use of NSAID's in the treatment of arthritis.

NSAID’s effect on your body
They can:
1. relieve pain (analgesic),
2. reduce fever (antipyretic) and
3. reduce the inflammatory reaction (anti-inflammatory). It is exactly this property that provides the potential for relief of pain associated with inflammation. 

Who can benefit from NSAIDs?
People with pain when the pain is associated with inflammation.
NSAID’s can reduce pain and inflammation and therefore stiffness. The anti-inflammatory action of NSAID’s does not alter the course or progression of rheumatoid arthritis. It will not cure or halt the disease but can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation.

What about NSAID’s and pregnancy?
Avoid these drugs during pregnancy or while breast feeding. Discuss this with your doctor.

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