- What are NSAIDs and what are Cox-2 inhibitors?
- What is the basic difference between traditional NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors?
- What are side effects of COX-2 inhibitors?
- Which COX-2 inhibitors are available in the United States?
- What are COX-2 drug interactions?
What are NSAIDs and what are Cox-2 inhibitors?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of drugs that reduce inflammation but are different from steroids, another class of drugs that also reduces inflammation. NSAIDs reduce pain, fever, and swelling and are commonly prescribed for inflammation of the joints (arthritis) and other tissues, such as in tendinitis and bursitis. Examples of NSAIDs include:
- indomethacin (Indocin),
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin),
- naproxen (Naprosyn),
- piroxicam (Feldene), and
- nabumetone (Relafen).
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