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Health Tip: Painkillers May Cause Stomach Problems

-- Certain painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause stomach problems, especially if you need to take them consistently over long periods.

Examples of these medications include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, including brand names such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

The American Gastroenterological Association suggests how to reduce the risk of stomach problems if you need to take NSAIDs for a chronic problem:

  • Talk with your doctor before beginning an NSAID regimen, especially if you've had side effects from these medications.
  • Before taking an NSAID, take note of possible side effects mentioned on the product label. Be sure to take the medication exactly as directed.
  • Don't take both a prescription and over-the-counter pain-relieving medication at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all medications and supplements that you take.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking any pain medication.
  • Ask your doctor about which NSAID is best for you.
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Posted: May 2011