What Your Patients Need to Know

Patients may not be aware that they are taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), how to take it, or the possible adverse events (AEs) associated with NSAIDs.1

  • Always talk to your patients about any medications they may be taking, including over-the-counter (OTC) medications, to be sure that you are fully informed about what they are taking before prescribing a new medication1
  • In one study, only 65% of patients were warned by their health care providers (HCPs) about potential AEs of prescription NSAIDs1

Many patients and consumers do not know what the term NSAID means or which products contain NSAIDs. This means that they can inadvertently end up taking multiple or excessive doses of prescription or OTC NSAIDs.1

  • 38% of patients reported that they took both a prescription and OTC NSAID at the same time1

Further, patients who are taking opioid/NSAID combination medications may be at increased risk of AEs if they also self-medicate with OTC NSAIDs.

For further information regarding what your patients need to know about NSAIDs, please review our case studies below:

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  1. Wilcox CM, Cryer B, Triadafilopoulos G. Patterns of use and public perception of over-the-counter pain relievers: focus on nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. J Rheumatol. 2005;32(11):2218-2224.