Seniors: Side Effects a Risk With NSAIDs

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – such as ibuprofen and aspirin – are frequently used to treat arthritis, as the medication can block hormones associated with pain and inflammation.

NSAIDs can have side effects that can be risky for elderly patients, or those who have co-existing conditions such as heart disease and are taking other medications. Possible side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Water and salt retention

To help avoid side effects and adverse drug interactions, tell your health care providers the medications – prescription and over-the-counter – and supplements you are taking.

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