NSAID’s or Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs are among the most used medications in the United States. More than 30 billion pills are sold each year, and another 70 million prescriptions are written each year. Side effects from Advil, Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs are the number one reason people have to go the the emergency room.
These drugs can relieve some of your pain, and are safe for the most part if not taken regularly. Many people however take these medications too often. Some will take it for the faintest headache.
Some of side effects of these medications are:
- Stomach pain
- Headaches (Yes! You might get headaches from using these medications too often)
- Inflammations in the mouth or throat
- Mental illness
Some of these effects are more common than others. Stomach pain and nausea happen a lot. You might even get a headache from chronic use.
A lot of people have to go to the hospital or even emergency room for problems caused by these NSAIDs! Follow these 5 tips to use NSAIDs safely:
- Don’t use it as a primary pain reliever. For example, if you have a headache often you just need some rest and a glass of water. After that you might try paracetamol instead of NSAIDs. If that doesn’t work you might try Advil or Ibuprofen.
- If you need to use it more than a few days, consult your doctor!
- Never take NSAIDs on an empty stomach. It will increase the risk of nausea.
- If you need to use these pain killers more than once a month or so, also consult your doctor! There might be more problems than just a headache.
- Always read the information included in the package your pills came in.