NSAIDs: Great Pain Relievers, But Use With Caution

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can ease sore joints, but they arent without potentially serious side effects.

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When you need relief from your aches and pains, you probably dont think twice about reaching for your bottle of ibuprofen or naproxen. These and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most widely used medications in the U.S., due to their ability to ease pain. But that pain relief may come at a price. NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects ranging from simple indigestion and heartburn to life-threatening ulcers.
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