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By the way, you should know that NSAIDS, although they are widely sold all over the world over the counter, are not safe either. Although NSAIDS are better tolerated than some other drugs, for some people NSAIDS such as naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin are known to cause severe gastrointestinal damage. For some people this damage can be life threatening.
You should talk to your doctor if you take these types of pain relievers so you can discuss why and how many you take for pain. Older females are the group most likely to suffer adverse gut issues with the use of these pain relievers. Also, those with a history of any type of stomach ulcer or stomach problems should discuss using these drugs with their doctors before they consume them.
Always employ the lowest dose and for the shortest amount of time that is necessary to relive pain. Among aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, and naproxen, naproxen is believed to be the safest choice, especially for those with heart issues.
All NSAIDS may increase your risk of heart attack and cause small amounts of gastrointestinal bleeding. Now this does not apply to acetaminophen (Tylenol) but acetaminophen is NOT an anti-inflammatory.
So although COX-2 inhibitors were thought to be better than NSAIDS, it has been shown over and over that that is certainly not the case.