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Clinician’s Corner: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) reduce blood flow to the kidney.

NSAIDs can increase blood pressure, cause fluid retention, and worsen kidney function in these patients. Among patients with hypertension, those who take NSAIDs for three months or longer are about 32% more likely to have chronic kidney disease than nonusers

Your physicians and pharmacists are indeed aware of who may and should not take NSAIDS due to heart or kidney problems.  Unfortunately, these drugs are available as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve) over the counter without a prescription.  Many stores that don’t have a pharmacist on duty sell these NSAIDs that can cause harm to your kidneys or cause stomach ulcers.

Diabetics and heart patients are a special population, along with stomach ulcer patients who should not take NSAIDS.  NSAIDs should be absolutely avoided in pregnancy. Your Thompson Pharmacist is a great resource to help you get pain relief without causing problems with stomach bleeding or kidney damage.

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