Which Medications Are Classified As NSAIDs?


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Medications such as ibuprofen, with brand names Advil and Motrin, are classified as NSAIDs, according to WebMD. Naproxen sodium, with the brand name Aleve, is also a NSAID. So is aspirin, of which Ascriptin, Bayer and Ecotrin are common brands.

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Further drugs classified as NSAIDs are naproxen sodium, celecoxib, indomethacin and naproxen, says WebMD. Naprosyn is a brand name that contains naproxen, while Celebrex contains celecoxib. Anaprox is a brand name for naproxen sodium, and Indocin is a brand name for indomethacin.

NSAIDs are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve pain, and the nonsteroidal effect is what distinguishes the medicines from other anti-inflammatory drugs, says Medical News Today. NSAIDs can also reduce fevers. The anti-inflammatory effect kicks in with higher dosages, and the medication can be taken orally via tablet, capsule or liquid; by injections; as a rectal suppository; as eyedrops; and as topical skin cream and gels.

People commonly use NSAIDs with arthritis and to help prevent blood clotting, explains the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The blood-clotting factor may be helpful in preventing heart disease, but it can lead to bruising that occurs more easily. Nausea, ulcers, decreased kidney function and upset stomach are possible side effects of NSAIDs.

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