While NSAID’s (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are excellent anti-inflammatory pain medications, they can have severe adverse side effects. Some of these include kidney failure, GI tract/stomach bleeding, decreased platelets in your blood, liver damage, and high blood pressure. Many patients have been instructed to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID’s but it’s important to recognize what medicines are actually NSAID’s. The common over the counter agents with NSAID’s are: Advil, Midol, Motrin, some types of Dayquil and Dimetapp and other cold and sinus medications,Aleve and Goody’s powder. But there are a lot more than that! So, it’s important to check the ingredients in each medication you buy over the counter or the generic name for a prescription you are written to see if any of the following drugs are in them. Here’s a list of what to look for:
Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Naprosyn, Ketoprofen, Flurbiprofen, Oxaprozin, Diclofenac, Etodolac, Tolmetin, Sulindac, Indomethacin, Toradol/Ketorolac, Meloxicam, Piroxicam, Meclofenamate, Nabumetone, Celecoxib/Celebrex
Sometimes mass media medical reports feel just about this random. It seems like everyone is using Dr. Google to diagnose or treat their medical ailments; but, how do you find quality health information online? Here are some accurate, authoritative online medical resources that are user friendly too…
2) www.familydoctor.org – patient information from the American Academy of Family Physicians
3) MedlinePlus – great health information from the National Institutes of Health. This site has video tutorials for lots of different medical procedures like an MRI. So, you can check these out before your procedures to have an idea what it will be like.
Another tip for finding trustworthy medical information online is to use the Google “Advanced Search” option. Click on “Advanced Search” to the right of the Google search bar at google.com. On the next page, there will be an option to “search within a site or domain.” If you enter .edu or .gov in this box, it will limit your search to more reputable sources than just anywhere on the world wide web.
Of course, nothing can take the place of asking in person your own doctor, but perhaps this will give you a place to start researching. Good luck!
Note: Cartoon by Jim Borgman, first published by the Cincinnati Inquirer and King Features Syndicate 1997 Apr 27 and reprinted in the New York Times, 27 April 1997.
Brooke Uptagrafft, MD
Dr. Brooke is a family medicine doctor.