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GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS

Vol. 1 Issue 87

Worldwide nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most frequently prescribed medications. Following is a list of the most common NSAIDs, and side effects that are associated with them.

Risk Level NSAID Brand Name
Low risk: Ibuprofen
Diclofenac Voltaren
Intermediate risk: Aspirin
Sulindac Clinoril
Naproxen Naprosyn
Indomethacin Indocin
High risk: Tolmetin Tolectin
Piroxicam Feldene
Ketoprofen Orudis
Azapropazone

Some of the side effects of NSAID usage include: Gastrointestinal injury by:

a) direct toxic effect to the stomach lining b) chemical synthesis inhibition.

✓ Abnormal liver functions

✓ Kidney damage

Headaches

✓ Aseptic meningitis

✓ Fluid retention

SOURCE: British Medical Journal, 1996.

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