When You Can’t Stomach NSAIDs

If you can't take the usual route to pain relief, some effective alternatives are worth exploring.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) pain relievers are relied upon for people battling arthritis. Yet, for many NSAIDs simply arent an option due to the upset stomach and nausea-or more severe effects including ulcer or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding-they can cause. If your doctor has recommended you stop using NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), you may be wondering where you can turn for relief. Fortunately, there are several NSAID alternatives to consider. It may take a little investigation as to which one works best in your situation, but options are out there to explore, say Cleveland Clinic experts.
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