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.