We have identified you are taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). If this is incorrect please inform us at the surgery.
Drugs in this class can include: Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Etodolac, Meloxicam, Indomethacin and those ending in ‘coxib’.
Whilst this type of medication good in controlling pain such as back pain, arthritic pain etc.… there are risks associated with taking NSAIDs long term which we are highlighting to our patients.
The risks vary amongst different NSAIDs and are influenced by the dose and duration of use.
NSAIDs can cause bleeding from the gut and stomach irritation – which can make you at risk of heartburn, indigestion, and/or ulcers, so please take them with food. If you suffer from a condition known as Asthma – NSAIDs can make this worse.
Further long term risks associated with NSAIDs are that they can cause kidney damage, affect the liver and slightly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke.
If you experience any of the below ‘red flag’ symptoms, please contact the surgery and book in with the Pharmacist.
Red Flag symptoms
- Bleeding signs - Blood in stools/urine/vomit/anaemia symptoms
- New or worsening heartburn/indigestion
- Unintentional weight loss
These risks may be minimised by using the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration necessary to control symptoms.
If after reading this, you believe you may be suffering from a side effect associated with your NSAID or have any questions or concerns, please contact your surgery and book in with your Primary care Network Pharmacist.