Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/17/2015 -- NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are one of the most popular treatments used among arthritis patients. These medications are known for their capacity to help reduce pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, they also cause certain side effects, such as stomach problems and bleeding ulcers.
Experts have recently recommended ways to avoid stomach problems when taking NSAIDs. Stomach problems are considered a common side effect of using this pain-relief drug. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of stomach problems is to simply use an acid-blocking drug in addition to the NSAIDs.
"There are times when doctors recommend reducing the dosage of NSAIDs to minimize the risk for side effects," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan.
According to The Arthritis Foundation, one of best ways to reduce the risk for stomach problems is to simply refrain from alcohol consumption. Drinking alcoholic beverages can significantly increase the risk for gastric bleeding while taking NSAIDs.
It is also important to take the medication with food and water, unless otherwise recommended by the doctor. Taking the drug together with an antacid/calcium supplement can also be helpful.
Experts stress that it is imperative for patients to make a list of all the medications they are using and update it when necessary. If they use a new medication, patients can notify their doctor or pharmacist. It is important to remember that taking some medications together, such as blood thinners with NSAIDs, can increase the risk of side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding.
"Experts suggest that patients should ask their doctor whether or not it's alright to take NSAIDs in the afternoon or evening on a daily basis. It's important to note that taking the drug later in the day may reduce the risk for side effects versus taking it in the morning," added O'Sullivan.
Patients should also avoid taking more than the prescribed amount of NSAIDs. If the dosage doesn't seem to provide positive effects and there is still pain and inflammation, patients should not increase their dosage and should instead talk to their doctor.
NSAIDs can be very helpful for arthritis patients, but they also cause side effects including some that are life-threatening. This is why many patients are resorting to natural alternatives such as curcumin supplements in order to achieve pain relief. Natural alternatives, if obtained from the right herbal company, may be very effective in providing pain relief without causing those side effects (http://www.amazon.com/Turmeric-Curcumin-Complex-BioPerine-Bio-availability/dp/B00JA4TLTI/?ie=UTF8?&m=A3OG9DHZ3GI58O&keywords=tumeric).
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