Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs, are medicines used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and to stop fevers. 

Are more often used to relieve symptoms of headaches, fevers, painful periods, sprains and strains, colds, flus, arthritis and other long-term pain. 

It’s a widely known medicine, however it’s not for everybody. And it’s pretty important to understand why NSAIDs are used, the different types and the side effects of these medicines. 

The most known NSAIDS 

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen sodium 

In those NSAIDS, there are a few brand names that are famous, but you can also find the less expensive generic versions of each one of them in drug stores or supermarkets. 


How are NSAIDs used for? 

Usually, NSAIDs are used for helping with pain, swelling and discomfort. But there are a few condition that these medications will help: 

  • Muscle aches;
  • Joint pain;
  • Sprains and strains;
  • Foot Arthritis;
  • Pain of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or/and tendonitis;
  • Fevers;

How does NSAIDs works and side effects

Our body has some chemicals that cause inflammation, and NSAIDs block the production of those chemicals. These medications slow tissue damage, fight pain and help decrease the swelling areas. 

Their healing effect will depend on what NSAID you’re taking and the condition you’ll treat. Some of them work within hours, others will take a few weeks to start taking effect. 

NSAIDs are prescribed in different doses, also depending on the kind of condition it is treating. 


Do NSAIDs have a side effect? 

If you’re taking higher doses of NSAIDs or for a long period of time, you may experience some side effects. Some are simple and go away by their own, others will need some medical attention. 

The most frequently reported side effects are gastrointestinal, such as:

  • Stomach pain;
  • Nause;
  • Vomiting;
  • Headaches and dizziness;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Gas.


You should avoid taking NSAIDs if:

  • Drinks alcohol in the day;
  • Are 65 years of age or older;
  • Had allergic reaction to NSAIDs in the past;
  • You’re taking other medicines;
  • Have an upcoming surgery;
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.


That’s why you always have to talk to your doctor or health provider before taking any kind of NSAIDs. It’ll prevent you from taking the wrong ones and getting the side effects, and also to get other problems that may occur by its administration. 

NSAIDs are often used to treat injuries and conditions with other methods and treatments, such as physical therapy or R.I.C.E, for example. 

Don’t forget to always see a specialist to create the best treatment plan for you! Come see one here in Pathak Podiatry. 

Here we’re always worried about your wellness in general, and will use all our treatment options to get you healthy again!