Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are incredibly common… They are so common, in fact, that it would be difficult to find someone who has never taken an NSAID!
Using myself as an example… I took two ibuprofen tablets this morning before going to work and dispensing dozens, if not hundreds, more.
The point is — NSAIDs are everywhere! And it’s exactly because of this prevalence why I want to make sure that everyone, at least everyone I am capable of reaching, understands what to expect, and look out for, when taking this medication!
I want to mention — NSAIDs are generally safe and well-tolerated, especially at over-the-counter doses. But that’s the catch… Patients will often far exceed over-the-counter dosing to something that is more similar to prescription dosing. This is because, as the dose continues to climb, so does the risk for what are known as “adverse drug reactions.” This essentially means that increasing the dose will also increase the chance of having side effects.
How does this relate to NSAIDs? Well, NSAIDs can often irritate the gastrointestinal system, especially at higher doses. It is important that you protect your stomach, especially if it’s completely empty such as when you’re first waking up, before taking your NSAIDs. This is especially important for anyone taking higher doses of NSAIDs!
So how is this done? Take your NSAIDs with food! That’s it. A lot of the distress can be relieved simply by having food in your stomach. Even a small snack, like crackers, works! I hope this helps!