Dec. 7, 2016
Eugene, Ore. – The Alliance for the Rational Use of NSAIDs has published Spanish-language versions of its entire library of educational materials for patients and healthcare providers. The new materials will make it easier for medical professionals to help Spanish-speaking patients learn about safe and appropriate use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and avoid adverse events from overuse.
“Although they are one of the most common medications, the majority of patients and consumers do not know what an NSAID is or how to use them safely,” said Jennifer Wagner, executive director of the Alliance. “The issue is exacerbated when patients aren’t able to read warning labels or ask their healthcare providers questions due to a language barrier. Our hope is that the translated materials will help facilitate communication between the millions of Spanish-speaking patients and providers in the U.S. to ensure that patients understand the risks, benefits and proper use of NSAIDs.”
NSAID products are available by prescription and also over-the-counter (OTC) as ibuprofen, which is sold under the brand names Motrin® and Advil®, and as naproxen sodium (sometimes called naproxen) which is sold under the brand name Aleve®. Aspirin is also an NSAID. The Alliance urges patients to use NSAIDs at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration required.
The Alliance’s English and Spanish educational materials for healthcare providers and patients can be found on its website at nsaidalliance.com.
ABOUT: The Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs is a public health coalition dedicated to the safe and appropriated use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).