NSAID Complications

The truth behind these painkillers

  by John W Jones, MD, MPH
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What is an NSAID?

  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin, Bufferin
  • Ketoprofen
  • Sunildac
  • Naproxen
  • Etodolac
  • Fenoprofen
  • Diclofenac
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Ketorolac
  • Piroxicam
  • Indomethacin
  • Mefenamic Acid
  • Meloxicam
  • Nabumetone
  • Oxaprozin
  • Ketoprofen
  • Famotidine & Ibuprofen
  • Meclofenamate
  • Tolmetin
  • Salsalate

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A number of studies have shown that there is an increased incidence of stroke, even with short term or intermittent use of NSAIDs. This risk increases in older patients.

For a natural, safe alternative to NSAID’s consider the use of Ultra Omega-Linic and Yucca.

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions is well established.  There are, however, many instances where their use is either contraindicated, or the patient simply refuses to take them.  They should not be used in the geriatric populationTheir use is forbidden during pregnancy by most obstetricians.

Early NSAIDs (such as Motrin) and the newer Cox2 products (such as Vioxx) have the same side effects affecting the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, gastro intestinal system, liver, and kidneys.
  • NSAIDs account for almost 1/3 of the reported adverse drug events. 
  • Gastro Intestinal (GI) symptoms affect about 15% of NSAID users.
  • 1% to 4% have serious GI complications
  • There are an estimated 16,500 deaths annually related to NSAID use.  More recent data indicates that this number has increased
  • There are serious and often fatal kidney and liver complications.
  • There is an increase in acute coronary syndrome and death.
As alarming as these side effects are, several NSAIDs have been approved for over the counter use by the FDA.  There also are many second line prescription drugs available for arthritis.  While effective, they are quite toxic and require careful and expensive monitoring.

Since essential fatty acids (EFA) like Ultra Omega-Linic control inflammation as well or frequently better than NSAIDs, and are protective of the cardiovascular system, gastro intestinal system, liver, and kidneys with essentially no negative side effects, it would seem prudent to use EFAs as a first line choice for the control of inflammation and pain.  Since it takes several days for the EFAs to reach maximum pain relieving effect, use Yucca and/or Inflamease at 2, 3 to 4 times per day if additional pain relief is needed.  Yucca is a good choice any time additional pain relief is needed. 

In addition, Opti-MSM Lotion Plus can be applied topically as often as necessary to relieve both muscle and joint pain.

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