Pain Pills May Eat at Your Gut
Understand the GI risks of anti-inflammatories and other pain medications to protect your stomach.
The pills that ease your pain may be a blessing for your joints but a curse for your stomach. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (AdvilŽ, MotrinŽ) and naproxen (AleveŽ, NaprosynŽ), can irritate and potentially damage your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Even good-old aspirin, a type of NSAID, can have these negative effects.