Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)


What are NSAIDs?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a group of medications that are used to reduce pain by reducing inflammation. They reduce swelling and redness and help with mild to moderate pain.


What are NSAIDs used for?

NSAIDs are used to reduce the symptoms for a number of rheumatology conditions. They can be taken in acute flares of arthritis and for chronic pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis. They are available over the counter at pharmacies, however a number of them are only available with a prescription.


How are they taken?

NSAIDs come in a number of forms as listed below:


Side effects

Possible side effects are listed below. Some side effects are more common in certain NSAIDs, so alternatives can be tried.



Cautions of use

There are a number of occasions where NSAIDs may not be a suitable choice of painkiller.

Interactions with other medications

Contraindications with other conditions


During pregnancy or breastfeeding




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