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Everything you need to know about non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) including their uses and side effects, with links to other useful resources.
How NSAIDs work
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work by interfering with particular enzymes in your body
Special considerations
There are a number of situations where the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is not recommended, or they should only be used if you are directly instructed to by your GP or another qualified healthcare professional.
Side effects of NSAIDs
Many people take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) without having any side effects. They can be a very effective form of treatment and are widely used to treat a number of conditions.
You may not always be able to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in combination with other medicines. This is because some combinations of medicines can cause harmful side effects.
Before prescribing a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), your GP will consider whether there is an alternative form of treatment that may be suitable. This will minimise your risk of having any side effects.
Alternatives to NSAIDs
If you need medication to treat pain, paracetamol can be used as a safer alternative in almost all cases.