NSAIDs: What Else Do I Need to Know?

Who Should Not Take NSAIDs?

You should not take NSAIDs if you:
 
  • Are allergic to any brand of NSAIDs.
     
  • Have an active bleeding condition, such as a stomach ulcer or bleeding within the head.
     
  • Have an allergic reaction, hives, or asthma that is caused by aspirin or other NSAIDs.
     
  • Are having or have recently had coronary artery bypass graft surgery (often known as open heart surgery, bypass surgery, or CABG).
     
  • Are in the third trimester of pregnancy or nursing.
     

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much NSAIDs may have overdose symptoms that could include but are not limited to:
 
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Coma.
     
If you happen to take an overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
 

Examples of NSAIDS

There are many different NSAIDs. The following is a list of the more common ones:
 
Rofecoxib (Bextra®) and valdecoxib (Vioxx®) are also NSAIDs. However, they have been withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns and are no longer available.
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