Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (cont.)

What NSAIDs are approved in the United States?

The complete list of approved NSAIDs is very long. The following list contains only NSAIDs that are commonly used:

For what conditions are NSAIDs used?

NSAIDs are used primarily to treat inflammation, mild to moderate pain, and fever. Specific uses include the treatment of headaches, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, sports injuries, and menstrual cramps. Ketorolac (Toradol) is only used for short-term treatment of moderately severe acute pain that otherwise would be treated with narcotics. Aspirin (also an NSAID) is used to inhibit the clotting of blood and prevent strokes and heart attacks in individuals at high risk for strokes and heart attacks. NSAIDs also are included in many cold and allergy preparations. Celecoxib (Celebrex) is used for treating familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) to prevent the formation and growth of colon polyps.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/22/2013


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