Health Tip: NSAIDs Induce Ulcers in Some
-- Peptic ulcers are sores that form inside the stomach or intestines. Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for chronic pain can contribute to NSAID-induced ulcers in some people, the American Gastroenterological Association says.
The association mentions these risk factors for NSAID-induced ulcers:
- Being age 60 or older.
- Having a history of internal bleeding or ulcers.
- Taking steroids such as prednisone, or blood thinners such as warfarin.
- Regularly using tobacco or alcohol.
- Having side effects from NSAIDs, such as heartburn or upset stomach.
- Using NSAIDs in greater doses than recommended, or using them long term.
- Taking multiple medications that contain NSAIDs.
Posted: November 2010