NSAID Alliance salutes Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, promotes appropriate use of NSAIDs

May 12, 2015

For Immediate Release

NSAID Alliance salutes Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, promotes appropriate use of NSAIDs

Eugene, Ore. — Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, and it affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans.

Today, May 12, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), offers people worldwide a platform to spread awareness for this disease through local events, online ventures and feats of personal triumph. The Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) commends this annual event and encourages those who suffer from fibromyalgia to use this day as an opportunity to review the appropriate use of NSAIDs.

NSAIDs – which are available by prescription and also over-the-counter (OTC) products Advil or Motrin IB (also called ibuprofen) and Aleve (also called naproxen) – are some of the most commonly used medications in the United States.

NSAIDs are often used to help manage symptoms of fibromyalgia or concomitant and exacerbating conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. . But while these drugs are widely available, they are not without the risk of side effects, particularly when used inappropriately.

“People don’t realize that exceeding the recommended dose of NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal bleeding — a serious and life-threatening condition,” said Byron Cryer, M.D., associate dean at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and chair of the Alliance.  “The challenge we face is that the problem is invisible until someone ends up in the hospital. People may continue to overuse these pain medications unless they witness the result of taking too much. It is imperative that individuals understand the risks of using NSAIDs, whether OTC or Rx, and only take these mediations as recommended by either the label or a healthcare professional. “

NSAIDs should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time required for symptomatic relief. Serious side effects can occur when NSAIDs are taken at too high a dose, for too long, or in combination with another NSAID. This may affect one’s kidneys, heart and digestive system.

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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).

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