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What is the best over-the-counter anti inflammatory?

What is the best over-the-counter anti inflammatory?

Nsaids: There is really no best over the counter nsaid.
Ibuprofen comes in many varieties such as motrin, advil, nuprin
etc while Aleve (naproxen) is the otc variety of naprosyn.
Aleve (naproxen) probably works a little faster but is more likely to irritate
your stomach.
There are prescription nsaids which are less likely to bother your
stomach. ...Read more

Antiinflammatory (Definition)

Inflammation is a condition of swelling that may or may not be associated with pain. Anti-inflammatory are medications that block the cause of this condition. Medications include ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib. Steroids (cortisone) are ...Read more


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What is the best over-the-counter anti- inflammatory painkiller for gout?

What is the best over-the-counter anti- inflammatory painkiller for gout?

Motrin or Aleve (naproxen): It is recommended to not use ASPIRIN, because it can raise the levels of uric acid in the blood. Ask your health care provider if a NSAID would be appropriate treatment for your condition. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications treat sepsis?

Can over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications treat sepsis?

No: Antibiotics and other supportive measures are used to treat sepsis; nsaids and tylenol (acetaminophen) are not helpful whatsoever. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications prevent sepsis?

Can over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications prevent sepsis?

No: There is some data that tylenol (acetaminophen) might deplete glutathione, making sepsis worse. There is no data that nsaids or Aspirin can prevent sepsis, and it has been studied to death. In fact, currently there are no direct treatments for sepsis, as the only approved therapy (activated protein c) has been withdrawn from the market due to the high levels of risk associated with its use. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter pill for inflammatory?

What's the best over-the-counter pill for inflammatory?

Depends on you: Aspirin, Ibuprofen and aleve (naproxen) are all effective anti inflammatory drugs. Which one is the best depends on your system. ...Read more

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I take mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg daily but was instructed to take another anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks to help with plantar fasciitis. What would be the best OTC?

I take mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg daily but was instructed to take another anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks to help with plantar fasciitis. What would be the best OTC?

DO NOT COMBINE: I do not feel you should use two NSAID's together. If the Mobic (meloxicam) isn't working, discontinue that one before you start a second. NSAID's are not harmless drugs. ...Read more

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Can your body build a tolerance to anti-inflammatory drug?

Can your body build a tolerance to anti-inflammatory drug?

Caution: I am not sure to the answer to this. However, caution should be employed with anti-inflammatories as they can cause gastric irritation including internal bleeding from ulcers. There are new "black box warnings" as well which warn of possible cardiovascular complications. So, if you feel the antiinflammatory is not working be careful before you may indiscriminately start increasing the dose. ...Read more

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Can anti-inflammatory medications cure hydroceles?

Can anti-inflammatory medications cure hydroceles?

Not in kids/adult: Inflammation within scrotum from eg from epididymitis may cause a small acute hydrocele which will can resolve with nsaids, but true hydroceles in adults are caused by xs fluid seretion bt tunica vaginalis oevrlying testis. Small hydroceles in babies may resolve spontaneously in 1st year of life. > 1 year communicating hydroceles, hydrocelees of the cord or large ones respond to surgery alone. ...Read more

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Are there natural anti-inflammatory medications I can use to treat my colitis?

Meramucil: I am a big fan of metamucil for irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Try it once a day to start and work up to twice a day ...Read more

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Can anti inflammatory drug irritate the throat?

Can anti inflammatory drug irritate the throat?

Possible: Some nsaids may cause acid indigestion which may in turn cause irritation of the throat if reflux occurs. ...Read more

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Is there a good OTC anti-inflammatory that would work on my throat?

Ibuprofen v Naproxen: Ibuprofen (motrin, nuprin, (ibuprofen) etc) and Naproxen (aleve) are both over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). Remember that there are no road signs in stomach directing pain pill directly to some specific site, eg throat. Take one or the other, but not both together (worry about stomach ; kidneys). Acetaminophen (tylenol) isn't an NSAID but can relieve pain. Go see your family doc. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC anti inflammatory meds?

Yes quite a few: Ibuprofen (sold in the us as motrin, advil) and Naproxen (sold as aleve) are both anti-inflammatories lasting eight and twelve hours respectively. They are often referred to as nsaids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In addition, old fashioned Aspirin works the same way. Acetaminophen (or paracetamol), sold as tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an NSAID and works differently. Does nothing for inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anti inflammatory drugs?

Antiinflamatory Drug: These are medications that either prevent the normal inflamatory response of the body to a stimulus. These drugs can either reverse the inflamatory response or lessen or prevent it. ...Read more

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Hi Can a person with a pacemaker take anti inflammatory medication?

PPM and NSAID.: As long as it hasn’t literally just been put in, I do not see the presence of a pacemaker in and of itself is a contraindication to use of anti-inflammatory analgesic medications. ...Read more

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Do you know which type of olive has best anti inflammatory property?

All are worthless: Olives do not have significant anti-inflammatory properties. ...Read more

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Is there any anti inflammatory medication that is safe to take with citalopram without causing any potential problems?

Is there any anti inflammatory medication that is safe to take with citalopram without causing any potential problems?

No: Ssri/snri (anti-depressants) and nsaids all interact with platelets. Aspirin also interacts with platelets and can increase risk of bleeding. Being that your are 25 and if otherwise healthy (normal platelets on a CBC - complete blood count). You should be able to take citalopram with minimal risk. If you have easy bruising, black stools other signs bleeding contact your doctor and stop ssri. ...Read more

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Can steroid anti-inflammatory medications cause GI upset?

Yes: Corticosteroids an cause gastric pain, gastric ulcers, gastrointestinal cramps and bleeding. ...Read more

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Can I take anti-inflammatory drugs while breastfeeding?

Can I take anti-inflammatory drugs while breastfeeding?

Yes but: Yes, but certain ones are safer than others. Ask your ob. Ibuprofen is the safest of the nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). ...Read more

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Which is the best anti-inflammatory pill that I should take for knee swelling?

Which is the best anti-inflammatory pill that I should take for knee swelling?

Best is what works: There is no such thing as a best anti-inflammatory medication as they are all fairly equal in effectiveness. Best is whatever works and doesn't cause side effects. Consult with your doctor so that he or she can take into account your specific medical history when recommending a medication. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while on anti inflammatory drugs?

Can I drink alcohol while on anti inflammatory drugs?

Not wise: You can but stomach and bleeding issues are more likely. ...Read more

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Slightly raised ESR levels, told nothing to worry about. However, on anti-inflammatory drugs, if I wasn't would these levels be higher or enough to worry?

Hard to know: The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (esr) is a very non-specific test and an elevated value is only sometimes related to inflammation (can increase with anemia and some other conditions not related to inflammation). Generally is due to various molecules binding to the surface of red cells. Also, many "antiinflammatory" drugs will have no effect on this test. More info is needed to answer. ...Read more

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My wrist hurts so bad after taking anti inflammatory drugs - why?

My wrist hurts so bad after taking anti inflammatory drugs - why?

See doctor: An allergy is very unlikely. Perhaps arthritis is getting worse, the anti-inflammatory helped - and you felt better and used the wrist more, or you could have tendonitis. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can cerebral angiitis be treated effectively with anti-inflammatory drugs?

Can cerebral angiitis be treated effectively with anti-inflammatory drugs?

See details: It depends what you mean by anti-inflammatory meds. True cerebral angiitis needs very aggressive therapy with high dose corticosteroids and immunosuppressive agents such as Cytoxan and possibly rituxan (rituximab). ...Read more