Q. I have painful arthritis. Because I also have a heart condition, I can’t take NSAIDs for pain. What are my other options?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include nonprescription ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) and naproxen (Aleve®) and others that require a prescription. Because of potential side effects, including stomach upset, stomach ulcers, kidney damage, and a small increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, NSAIDs have limitations. Some people, such as those with heart and kidney disease, may be advised not to take them or in certain circumstances to take them at the lowest possible dose for a short period of time.