Anti-inflammatories

  • Anti-inflammatories contain active ingredients that relieve pain, inflammation (swelling, redness, soreness) and fever.
    • some of their uses include:
      • Arthritis
      • Gout
      • Pain due to inflammation and tissue injury
        • period pain
        • headache
        • migraine
        • postoperative pain
        • after setting broken or dislocated bones
  • They generally belong to a family of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • There are a range of NSAIDs available with some over the counter and others through prescription only.  A few examples are:
    • Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, diclofenac, aspirin, ketoprofen, mefenamic acid, naproxen, piroxicam, celecoxib, meloxicam
  • Different types of NSAIDs have different uses and different side effects.  Ask your surgeon or doctor about which one is suitable for you
  • You must not use this type of medication if you are allergic to it or told by your surgeon or doctor not to use it
  • Tell your surgeon or doctor if you take any medications or have any medical conditions
  • Some side effects include:
    • Stomach upset or pain
    • Feeling sick
    • Vomiting
    • Heartburn
    • Indigestion
    • Gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding
    • Kidney impairment
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Rash
  • If you develop swollen ankles difficulty breathing black stools or dark coffee-coloured vomit, stop taking the medicine and tell your surgeon or doctor immediately
  • Remember, you must seek professional advice from your surgeon or doctor before taking these medications
27 May, 2011