Gastrointestinal Risk with NSAIDs

July 4, 2010

NSAID stands for non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug. These are anti-inflammatory medicines, medicines which decrease inflammation. They are typically used to treat pain, arthritis, and are commonly taken for either the short term or the long term. Most NSAIDs have stomach side effects because they decrease your body’s natural protection against acid in the gastrointestinal tract.

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MRC2 July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

NSAID’S
This short video was very informative and I enjoyed watching it. It is amazing how many side effects there are when talking about medications. I never knew that taking something over the counter could have such a profound effect on our bodies. I knew that taking too much Tylenol was bad on your kidneys but Aspirin? Aspirin thins your blood and is good for people who have blockage in their circulatory system. You really have to give and take on what you want to do when it comes to making a decision whether to take these pills or not. My rule of thumb, don’t take it unless you just can’t bare it any longer.

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tmarlin June 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

Well said unless your doctor says other wise let your body fix its self just be sure its not some thing you are doing that causing the problem and if it is do the hard way and change your behavior and not the easy way and take another pill daily… unless doctor recommend it. When unsure ask a professional.

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Emily December 2, 2015 at 3:04 am

I agree… We see dozens of advertisements on TV every day on different medications made by big Pharm corps that promise to help rid you of one ailment, but then you have to deal with 5 or 10 side effects the medication causes in order to get rid of just one problem. So you have to weigh out your options and whether or not it’s worth it to take a medication to help with one ailment if you may end up adding another 10 ailments….

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Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

I agree. I think medication is completely over used and its causing more issues with health than helping.

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scasteel April 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm

yes, we all take medicines too much for simple aches and pains, when we should probably just wait for it to pass.

Peyton Blackerby July 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm

A lot of people aren’t properly educated on medication and what they can do to your body. They just go to the drug store and pick up medication that are suppose to help them with certain problems that they are having but aren’t aware of the adverse effects that that medicine may have on your body. Another problem is that people don’t read on the bottle how to take the medicine and how often. Some medications aren’t suppose to be taken over a long period of time.

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kglasgow July 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm

Everyday off the shelf pain reducers have a lot more side effects than most people realize.

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nwade November 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm

I agree. Everything will effect your body in some way.

kbrasfield October 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

i believe in taking as few medicines as possible. Tylenol can also cause liver damage if you are a heavy drinker. I have heard from doctors that if you have to take a NSAID daily that to take Aleve because it is a little easier on the stomach than others.

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drandle November 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

I agree! I hate taking medicine and only do it when I absolutely have to.

EPUGH November 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I agree with your method and I do the same thing. Do not take anything unless you absolutely have to. I know in some situations it is stupid but I think about what people did before all the technology and healthcare. I realize sometimes that answer was they died… but in come cases people use technology as a crutch…

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Morgan Long April 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

I absolutely hate medicine and take it only if it is a must.

abrewer2016 November 8, 2016 at 11:30 am

Medications come with so many side effects its scary to take any of them. I hate taking any kind of meds. But sometimes your body has to have them to help you fight off germs and infections.

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krichards3 April 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

I agree with you! I hate taking medications unless I absolutely have to have them. There are so many side effects to every medication out there. It’s kind of scary.

mfranklin1` March 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

I try to avoid taking ANY medications unless it is absolutely necessary.

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swhite1 November 8, 2017 at 9:07 pm

I used to be someone that if I had an ache or pain, I would just pop some sort of pill. Now, I look to why I actually have that pain and is there some other way to help other than drugs.

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LLM July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I did not know that the NSAID could target good and bad enzymes at the same time. I try not to take any medicine unless I can not help it. But when I do I try to take Acetaminophen over NSAID but then it still affects you liver so you can not win for losing. It was good information in the video about not taking more than you realize because some medicine may have more that is in there, so read labels for all medicine.

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fmilton April 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I hate taking medication as well but for a while i ws eating up to 16 ib prophen a day for pain along with bc powder. it made me so sick so i finally stopped and now the pain is gone.

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lbabb April 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm

I also did not know that it could target bad or good enzymes. I really just try to take medicine when I really need it and not just when I feel a little bad. This video did have very good information.

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DMC 4 July 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

NSAIDS are helpful and dangerous to a person you just have to watch how often and how many you take

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Collins.M April 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

NSAIDS always have an impact on the body especially when we are so desperate to get immediate result we turn to take an over dose of the recommended dose that are supposed to take causing adverse effect on the body.

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ppendergrass June 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Yes you do. My grandmother is not able to take them due to heart issues, and if someone was to accidentally give her one it could be okay once in awhile, but overall not good for her.

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Aflores1965 November 12, 2016 at 12:06 am

My father takes them all the time… I am kinda worry now.

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HMH2 July 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

One of the key points of this educational video is to communicate with your doctor about all of the medications that you are taking so that you don’t take too much of something. Many people don’t communicate with their doctors about drugs such as ibuprofen, etc.

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wsullivan July 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

That is so true. Communication with ones doctor is key. I have had to make sure I communicate that I have had a lap band surgery because it is not recommended to take anti-inflammatory medications when having a band.

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Chelsea Vogel Hunter February 8, 2016 at 1:19 am

i think that it so scary to think about the fact that many times health problems may continue without knowledge or awareness to them. Our body is our operating system and it seems scary that with all the different sicknesses out their that their is potentially the possibility of become victim to without knowing. They say that communication is key which means that western medicine in some ways is still so important.

ssteele July 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

May who have stomach problems do not realize this is also one of the reason.

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Autumnd November 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm

I totally agree that one of the most important things is to have a good line of communication with your doctor. Your doctor should be able to inform you of any adverse effects.

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RRJ July 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

It is impossible to find a safe alternative when taking medication. There are side affects with whatever you take. I have never had a stomach ulcer and hope I never do.

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LAF2 June 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I did not know that ibproins can cause stomach ulcers, I take 3 at the time because it takes the pain away faster. Now I know to take 2.

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RRJ July 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I try to never take more than the recommended dosage but sometimes it just seems like the pain is never going to go away.

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Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

I also would take 800mgs for stomach pain, I will defiantly stop now.

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aak2 June 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I have heard of medicines like that not being good for your stomach. And now I know why. I did not know they could cause ulcers. I personally don’t like to take pills unless the pain is unbearable. I have often seen people take 3 ibprofins at a time instead of 2 because they said 2 just did not work for them. When I had braces I took a lot of these medicines. My teeth were so sore I couldnt eat and I was taking these pills and not eating and it would make me very sick.

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HMH2 July 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

It’s very interesting to hear about NSAIDS causing ulcers. I am guilty myself of not monitoring closely enough if I am taking too much of some of these drugs.

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ywilson July 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

I personally don’t like taking pills either. I tend to forget to take them as prescribed. Sometimes I have to take one for arthritis, and for ulcers. I think that all the medicines I have taken over the years are the cause of me having problems with my stomach.

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wjh2 June 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I am currently taking a medication that is for imflammation for my carpal tunnel. I have taken everything until I finally went to the doctor. I take one pill a day. Even though there are side effects to most everything you take, this is the only medication I have tried that would work. I stayed up several nights with my arms killing me and I finally am getting some rest.

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ywilson July 21, 2015 at 9:23 am

You are correct. I don’t care what medications you take, there is always some side affects.

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wevans July 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm

I am very happy for you to have found something that works for you. Many people try all kinds of medicines and never find one that works for them, a happy ending!

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lmp2 June 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

well i have heard one shouldn’t take ibuprofen a lot because it can damage your kidneys. also that you shouldn’t give a child Tylenol a lot as well because it could cause heart and brain damage. never really confirmed until now.it really does amaze me that we take one drug to help one issue but have to turn around and take another drug just to counteract the one we just took for the original problem.

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aak2 June 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I know, it is kind of pointless. I guess you can decide which would be worse. Damage your kidneys or have an ongoing headache!

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JM2 July 14, 2011 at 7:57 am

I didn’t take from the video that an occasional dosage is going to cause long term damage. Its seemed to be more about extended use. Not taking occasionally for headache relief didn’t seem to be the message to me.

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Cicenhower July 7, 2017 at 9:22 pm

I agree that occasional dosage is ok but when you take a bunch or for a long time is when it can do damage.

Jerrica Ballance April 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

There are also alot of medications that tell you not to take their drug if you are currntly taking any NSAIDs. They can be very hard on the stomach over a period of time. I don’t think many people who are not in the health care feild know about this and they should.
-JB

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JM2 July 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

Agreed. So many things mixed together can become unhealthy. I think the doctors point about reading the labels and consulting your physician is excellent advice.

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SRS April 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I have never given alot of thought to NSAIDS but this video really makes you not want to pop an advil or motrin everytime you have a small pain. It’s kind of scary to think of the ulcers and stomach problems that these over the couter pills can cause. I have alot of headaches and take advil migraine ALOT!!! It’s hard to be in pain and work on homework or go to my job. My son hurt his tailbone about two months ago and he has been on narsproxen all this time from the Dr. These medications are readidly on the shelves to be bought and yes I am sure they all contain warnings but it just makes you wonder why?? Why can we not formulate a medication that does not do so much harm to our bodies??

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lmp2 June 21, 2011 at 1:08 am

it’s so funny that you asked that question. i can’t remember what comedian said it but he made the comment of having cured one issue only to gain 20 different other side effects like blood clots anal leakage dizziness and loss of appetite. i am sure the only reason why is to cover their own hind ends. but the things we do to make our self feel better sometimes amazes me to the length we will go to.

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SJ April 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I try not to take anything unless absolutely necessary. I have migraines so it is unfortunately necessary more often than I would like. Excedrin is the only thing I’ve found that will help my migraines, but it has aspirin in it.

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bgassman February 8, 2015 at 11:42 pm

I try not to take medicine unless absolutely necessary also. I have never tried Excedrin before but I will next time I get a migraine, although I hope I never get another one.

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K-H April 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’ve always been anti medicine and wouldn’t take anything for pain if I could help it. Then, my headaches started about two years ago. Ibuprofen has been my best friend ever since. I know that it isn’t good to take so much but I can’t function with a headache. So I have to take it. It’s a lose-lose situation.

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Jerrica Ballance April 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

I understand what you mean. It’s like you have the choice to suffer now or later. Take your pick.
-JB

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ywilson July 21, 2015 at 9:26 am

So true, we are in a no win situation. I have been looking into natural remedy’s for pain managment.

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S-G April 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I knew NSAIDS were not good to take all the time, but did not realize how severe the complications are. I would almost rather have pain, fever and inflammation than to have stomach bleeding and acid reflux. s-g

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SJ April 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Me too! Fever and inflammation are both natural responses to injury or illness. So how long should we let it go before taking something?

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aekwelle March 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Agree 100 percent but really don’t like being in pain.

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alec_young2 July 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

I agree to an extent. I love using NSAIDS to get rid of the current issues. However, I am paranoid about the long-term complications that can come as a result later in life. I hate to thing a medicine that I find so simple can cause life-threatening problems later in life.

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hlong1 October 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm

There can be a lot of complications, but I do not think I could just stop taking them for pain and fever. Sometimes if medicine is not taken, your condition can get a lot worse.

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R-E April 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

NSAID’s has serious side affects and is not health for the GI Tract. This video has some good information in it. No matter what we eat some of our bodies are gonna have a reaction to it.

JW- I totally agree with you, no one is perfectly health. If the food doesnt get ya then our air quality will

RE

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SheDM April 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I think every medication we take has a side effect. It is up to the person to read, understand and just be aware of the side effect of the medication. A person must evaluate whether the medication is worth the risk of the complication from the side effect. I think a person should be careful when a doctor prescribes a perscription for every ailment you have. Look at reasons why you have this problem and natural things that can ease the suffering of the ailment.

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Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

I am one that believes in natural healing remedies, I only go to the doctor if I absolutely have to.

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R-D April 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Each individual has to weigh the pros and cons for themselves: is the ailment you’re treating worse than the possible side effects of the drug OR are the side effects of the drug worse than the ailment?? Each must decide for themselves.

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Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm

I agree.

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haley14 October 7, 2016 at 2:41 am

truth… ups and down

srussell October 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm

I totally agree with your statement. Everyone must decide for themselves.

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E-A March 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

NSAIDS HAVE VARIOUS DAMAGES TO OUR HUMAN GI TRACT.JUDGING FROM THE MASSIVE SIDE EFFECTS,WHY DOES THE FDA ALLOW THESE MEDS IN THE MARKET WHEN THE RISKS AND EFFECTS OUTWAY THE BENEFITS?
EA

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J-H April 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I guess they allow them because they can help but i think that they should be kept locked up like pain medications and should only be used when your doctor thinks it is very necessary.

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J-W March 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Wow! I can’t believe how many people are affected by some sort of illness or ailment. I am beginning to wonder if there is actually one single healthy american

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C-S March 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I sis not know until I was dx with a stromach ulcer, although I do not take a lot of pain medicine, when I had my ulcer it hurt like anything, the dr. perscribed Ultram which has no NSAID in it. It acts like morphine, and kills the pain ( just in a pill form, and is not as strong as morphine) H-pylori was the culprit in my stomach ulcer problems, the NSIDS just agrevated it.

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Holly Bean December 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I didnt know all of the side affects of taking NSAID. It really suprised me how many different products have NSAID in them, but it probably wont stop me from taking them. Every pill has side effects and in a few years the pills we take now will have been recalled and we will be taking something else. The way i see it no matter what you take you run the risk of side affects whether they occure now or you find out about them later.

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J-W March 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I agree. It seems that sometimes the side effects are worse than the ailments you have!

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ywilson July 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

This is so true. I believe that most of our ailments our the results of the way food is processed and grown.

Laken Teague December 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I am glad that I don’t take many NSAIDS after hearing about the negative affects they can have on the body. I would hate to ever have to worry about this, but so far in my life I’ve been lucky to not need many NSAIDS. I do know many people that do take them and have many problemes such as the stomach bleeding.

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christinawilliams1996 November 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

I know some people who take NSAIDs regularly, but I am thankful I don’t need to use them very often.

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Salvador V. December 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I haven’t heard of NSAID, but atleast now I know what to do to prevent it. Very informative video!

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Tyler B December 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I have never heard the term NSAIDS but I do take a anti-inflamatory pill everyday for my chrons its very intresteing watching these videos because I am learning more that will help me.

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Lindsey E December 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I have terrible knee pain. I have always been a strong believer in ibuprofen. A couple of years ago I started getting burises really bad and constantly had an upset stomach and major stomach problems. I went to the doctor over this and all of this was being caused by the ibuprofen I was taking over the years. Now before I take anything for my knee pain I take a hot bath or put a heating pad on my knees to ease the pain.

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Salvador V. December 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I stopped taking ibuprofen because it causes problems like that.

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Krysten A November 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm

i agree with lacey…i don’t like taking over the counter medications unless i’m dying.

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Jessilyn R. November 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I am glad that I don’t take many NSAIDS after hearing about the negative affects they can have on the body such as stomach bleeding. I would hate to ever have to worry about this, but so far in my life I’ve been lucky to not need many NSAIDS.

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Lacey H. November 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

That was very informative stuff even though I don’t have much to worry about right now considering I don’t take much nsaids. I only take them if I absolutely need to. But it is interesting hearing the side effects they have if you take them daily. Some of them can be serious. But it is good know even if you don’t really take nsaids.

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D beard November 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I knew certain medicine were bad for. I just didnt realize how bad. The long term affects are terrible. I dont take pills often anyway .

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ywilson July 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

Yes, the long term affects are horrible. I took a lot of pain medication (prescription) years ago, and now I am having problems with my stomach.

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devin r November 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I didn’t know what NSAIDS were, even though I have like ten million at the house. I also try to avoid them if at all possible. Its like you are just going to trade one problem for another by taking them.

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Madge C November 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

NSAIDS are very widely used drug especialy as the majority of them are bought over the counter as asprin type medications. I never thought of them as contributing to mild stomach upset or indegestion as side efects. Also I learned that people over 60 are at a higher risk of expierencing side efects from these type of meds.
I know for myself I rely on Alieve almost daily, I know it is not good for me but when you hurt bad enough in other areas of the body then to me sometimes the tempory relief outweighs the long term side efect issues.

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vera, A October 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

for some reason, i prefer advil and the best alternative for my pain management..i just feel is better when it comes to the side effects and pain relieve.

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Donnie H. October 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I like this video because it allows you to see the reason not take asprin unless you are in major pain.

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Marcie G October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I understand now why they say dont take any aspirin unless you can’t stand it any more. I don’t really like taking any pain meds. They mess up you stomach and you can have problems with your digestions. So if you can do not take NSAIDS.

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Ashley M October 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Honestly, even though I have had severe pain like; two ruptured, bleeding ear drums or four wisdom teeth removed and pain was at a 10. I still hate taking medication. I have always been like that.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is something I really havent heard about. The side affects of these drugs can cause heart attack, ulcers, indegestion, stroke, and loss of protection against stomach acid. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is something that you should replace NSAIDS with because the affects are decreased. Either way you go there are still risks involved.

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Debora M October 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I knew the side effects from taking too many nsaids. I have had headaches all my life and have taken way too many over the years as the older I get the more intense the pain seems to be. I was once told by a neurologist that taking tylenol for one of my headaches would do about as much good as drinking a glass of water so I have always taken ibuprofen or aspirin.

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Glen L October 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Taking any kind of nsaid makes me nervous but we all use them when you get a headach you take tylanole or some other form of nsaid. Have you ever read the sidaffects of the products of over the counter drugs? they realy make you think is this headach realy that bad. On the other hand i have heard of asprin helping with risk of heart attacks. I wonder if that is true?

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Terrie H October 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Very good information. I did not know there was so many different products with NSAID’s in them. I am a strong believer in Aleve. But only take it as needed and in severe pain. Hubby takes it daily guess i need to ditch it and buy him some ibuprofen.

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JHR July 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Ok so maybe I need to back of the NSAIDS before its too late. I take ibprofen almost on a daily basis, headaches. I think it’s probably time i go to my doctor and see if there’s something else i should be taking. I really don’t want to do any harm to my body

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QAL July 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

I did not know any thing about Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs until watching this video. I didn’t think that there were some over the counter drugs like dietary supplements that included steroids in them. I guess if you played a professional sport you should only use drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen or you might find your self watching the game at home. But for those of us who don’t play professional sports these drugs do come with side affects like losing protection against stomach acid, kidney damage heart attack or stroke so if you find your self taking these drugs you might also want to keep some Tums with you for the acid indigestion You can also use acetaminophen which is in Tylenol instead of using NSAIDs. “Basically you should make sure if using any of these drugs that you have a balance between the benefits and the risk.”

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LMM July 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

I’m the worlds worst at taking medicine. I’m like a two year old. I hate taking pills or anything. So, I only take something if I have to. I’m doing ok on NSAIDs.

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MEL July 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I never take asprin and I’m glad I don’t. I tend to stick with ibueprofen when I have to take pills and even then I don’t like taking that if I don’t have to.

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SDS July 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I didn’t know what NSAIDS were and that the alleviate everyday pain. Aspirin and naproxen and ibueprofen. However, I take them when I need to.I knew asprin were bad on the stomache. Mild stomache upset and indegestion would be a side effect of the NSAIDS. That’s crazy because ulcers are serious. You can’t win for losing, by looking at this video. Because if you are not feeling good you have to take something. I also only have one primary doctor so I wont be prescribed more than 1 NSAID.

–SDS

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RTP July 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I dont like taking any medications (including aspirin) unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything you put into your body has some kind of effect on your normal state. Our bodies are designed well and we should let them do their jobs if at all possible.

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LMM July 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

I’m the same way. I’ve never noticed tylenol or anything like that to help me. I’d rather just wait it out. I know it will eventually go away and I’ve never known a mild pain reliever to speed the process.

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AAA July 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Its like a no win situation. NSAIDs are hard on the stomach but isnt Tylenol bad on the liver???? I try not to take medicine unless I feel like Im dying!!!

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JHR July 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I don’t think there’s any kind of meds that don’t hurt us in some way. i’m not sure which i would rather have to deal with, GI or liver. Maybe I should just back off the pain relievers

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Terrie H October 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I agree 100%. I take meds for my heart. The long list of stuff they could cause is worse than not taking the meds. Pay attention and read the papers that come with your meds. It is unbelievable. This will help your heart but it will destroy your liver and kidneys.

vera, A October 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

all these medications come with their own side effects,with the help of the doctors, we just need to be able to identify what is best for us.

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Madge C November 2, 2010 at 12:35 am

That is so true, but then again a bunch of doctors are becoming pill pushers too because of the drug reps and the incentives they offer the clinics that prescribe them to their patients.

LLM July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I agree with you, I try to out do any pain and inflammation as much as possible to keep from taking medicine for these reasons. They need to come up with something so that either way if will not effect your insides but help with your situation.

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RLM July 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I know when my sister was diagnosed with irritable bowel they told her not to take anything except Tylenol. Now I know why..lol.

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JEB July 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I don’t like taking asprin…. I knew that taking it could cause ur stomach to bleed but I thought that it was if you took a bunch everyday.
I guess I am going to have to switch to tylenol when I do have to take them,I only like that if it’s totally necessary.

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LNS July 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

This was a very good video. I knew they were not that good for you but I didnt know their severity. I will watch my intake of these meds I do not want to go through with a bleeding stomach that just sounds painful even to think about it and yes I will begin talking tylenol for any of my needed pains

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QAL July 27, 2010 at 1:01 am

I agree with you no one wants to have those complication because they are trying to stop pain. It sounds like it’s a win lose situation.

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SAF July 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

well it makes me really happy that I only take Nsaids when its a much need to situation. I’ve always been light Nsaid taker and it must be a good thing that I am.

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JEB July 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Same here. I don’t like taking them unless I absolutly have too.

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Lacey H. November 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I’m the same way if I feel like I’m dying then I will take them. Most of the time I just sleep a headache or a cold off.

JLA July 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm

It’s always good to take as little of any meds as you can. I hope we are all learning a lot that we can put to use in our lives from here on out.

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Beth McRaven July 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm

So I guess unless it is to reduce swelling you should be taking tylenol. What about excedrine for headaches and products like midol and pamprin? Are they dangerous? I am a real over the counter pill popper I guess. I have heard that you shouldn’t take too much but I guess I am not sure how much is too much? They didn’t really say so I guess I will check with my doctor and in the meantime, hope for the best.

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Ashley M November 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Pretty much either way you go its a win-lose situation. I try not to take over the counter products unless I feel like I’m dying.

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MRC2 July 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I am a lot like you in the fact that I will not take anything that is over the counter unless I am really, really, suffering. It is a gamble when you take this stuff into your body. You have to weigh the pros and the cons. Do I want to feel better for a few hours and possibly do damage to my body which may cause more problems down the road or do I want to wait it out and not take the pills and keep my body as healthy as I can so it will be able to do it job properly? America is over medicated and that is a fact. If we just learn to cope with our aches and pains we would be better off. We are becoming weak in a society that promotes over the counter drug addiction.

Lindsey E December 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

It seems so much easier to just take something to deal with the pain and go on. But taking too much can eventually catch up with you. I was prescribed a very mild pain pill for my knees after I started having problems from taking so much ibuprofen.

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