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  • August 30, 2013
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    NSAIDs
    Making an Informed Choice
     
    What are NSAIDs?
    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a type of medication used to treat pain. As well as providing effective pain relief, they work over time to reduce the inflammation that causes pain in many conditions.
    When are NSAIDs used?
    NSAIDs are commonly used in conditions where inflammation is contributing to cause the pain. These conditions include arthritis, muscle and ligament pain, joint pain, period pain, headaches, migraines, gout and postoperative pain.
    How do NSAIDs work?
    NSAIDs work by preventing the effect of COX (cyclooxygenase) enzymes in the body. COX enzymes produce chemicals called prostaglandins which, among other things, are responsible for pain and inflammation in damaged areas of the body.
    NSAIDs and Paracetamol
    NSAIDs should be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time possible in order to reduce the potential for side effects. Paracetamol is often used prior to or alongside NSAIDs as it provides pain relief and is less likely to cause side effects.
    NSAIDs and other medicines
    NSAIDs can interact with other medicines including aspirin, warfarin, heparin, phenytoin and cyclosporine. This interaction between the medications can increase the risk of side effects. NSAIDs should not generally be taken alongside these medicines, except on medical advice.
     
    What are the risks?
    Stomach
    In some cases NSAIDs can cause bleeding or ulcers in the stomach. Patients with a personal or family history of stomach disorder are considered to be at higher risk. Another medicine, such as omeprazole or lansoprazole, may be taken alongside an NSAID to protect the stomach.
    Heart
    NSAIDs are associated with an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, particularly in patients with a personal or family history of cardiovascular problems. Naproxen is considered to represent a comparatively lower cardiovascular risk than other prescription NSAIDs.
    Kidneys
    Use of NSAIDs can potentially damage the kidneys. The risk is greater in patients with existing kidney disease. Blood pressure and kidney function may be more closely monitored where this is considered to be of particular concern.
    Asthma
    Asthma sufferers should be aware that NSAIDs may increase wheezing or breathing difficulties in some cases. If this happens, stop taking NSAIDs and contact a doctor as soon as possible.
    Commonly Prescribed NSAIDs
    Ibuprofen
    Naproxen
    Diclofenac
  • August 16, 2013
  • by White Pharmacy under 
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  • Did you know that there are 3 million searches PER MONTH in the UK alone on Google for the subject of PAIN? Staggering, isn't it? But why is that?

    It's pretty obvious that a lot of people are not satisfied with the treatment they are (or in some cases, are not!) receiving. We are going to bring this and other information about pain to the attention of the media and help to spread the message that something has to be done to improve the situation. However we will need some hard facts to put in the White Paper that we are writing. With this in mind I have asked our customers about their pain via a survey which is currently live. We would also like our blog readers assistance to provide us with some data if you are suffering from pain or a painful condition. If you complete a short survey by clicking on the button below you will be entered into a draw for an iPad Mini 16GB (Wi-Fi). The winner will be chosen at random at the end of September by which time we hope our target of 400 will have been reached. It should only take a few minutes of your time. Note that your name will NOT be used or mentioned in any publication, we only require it so that we can enter you into the draw. Please pass this onto your family and friends and ask them to do the survey as well, since the more evidence we can present in our White Paper on Pain the stronger the message will be. Thank you for your time and good luck! David