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The Best Over The Counter Anti Inflammatory Medications
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
There are prescription nsaids which are less likely to bother your
stomach. ...Read more
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fact, currently there are no direct treatments for sepsis, as the only approved therapy (activated protein c) has been withdrawn from the market due to the high levels of risk associated with its use.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
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?
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
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
Yes depends: Depending on the dosage and duration it can affect........ Take and healing. ...Read more
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
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
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
All are worthless: Olives do not have significant anti-inflammatory properties. ...Read more
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
How long is is safe to take anti-inflammatory drugs for ongoing pain and tension in neck and shoulders?
Life long: At recommended doses adjust with changes of weight. ...Read more
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
Not wise: You can but stomach and bleeding issues are more likely. ...Read more
I am taking the zpack and an anti-inflammatory steroid methylprednisolone. Can I take NyQuil while on these medications?
Yes: You can take these medication togetherGet a more detailed answer ›
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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