Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Agents (NSAIDs)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed to help patients manage pain, tenderness and stiffness related to osteoarthritis. It may also be prescribed to help manage rheumatoid arthritis pain. The medication works by inhibiting the body’s ability to produce a substance that contributes to pain, fever and inflammation.
Using NSAIDs can increase the likelihood that a patient will suffer from a heart attack or stroke. Certain patients are at extreme risk if they take this medication:
- Patients with a history of heart disease, including previous heart attack or stroke.
- Patients with a family history of heart disease
- Patients who have recently had or will soon have coronary bypass surgery
This medication also increases the likelihood of severe stomach problems, especially ulcers and stomach perforation. Call your doctor right away if your stomach hurts while you are on this type of medication or if you find blood in your stool.