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  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to manage the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders.
  • NSAIDs can cause serious side effects, some of which may be life-threatening.
  • NSAIDs may interact with other medicines and cause unwanted effects.
  • NSAIDs should always be used cautiously, for the shortest time possible and at the lowest effective dose.
  • Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before buying or taking an NSAID to ensure it’s safe for you to take.

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Reviewed on: 26-07-2021