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Safe Use of Nsaids

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about NSAIDs?

NSAIDs are medicines that are used to decrease pain, swelling, and fever. NSAIDs are available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs that you can buy without a doctor's order include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

How do I safely give NSAIDs to my child?

How do I safely take NSAIDs?

Who should not take NSAIDs?

Certain people should avoid or limit NSAIDs. Do not give NSAIDs to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider. Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen. Talk to your healthcare provider before you take NSAIDs if any of the following apply to you:

What do I need to know about an NSAID overdose?

Certain health problems can occur if you take too much NSAID medicine at one time or over time. Problems include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. You may develop gastritis, peptic ulcers, and stomach bleeding. You may also develop fluid retention, heart problems, and kidney problems. NSAIDs can worsen high blood pressure. You may become confused, or you may have a headache, hearing loss, or hallucinations. An overdose of aspirin may also cause rapid breathing, a rapid heartbeat, or seizures.

What should I do if I think my child or I took too much NSAID medicine?

Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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