Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NSAIDS - Ibuprofen, Naproxen

My favorite medications to take for pain are NSAIDs, also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. You may know them as the brand names Advil, Aleve, Midol, etc. or the generic ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, etc.

I love them because they actually work in my personal experience.

NSAIDs help with swelling, pain, and inflammation. They don't always work the same on everyone, but they do work on me and I am very thankful for that!

Something important about NSAIDs is that they should never be taken without food, or something in your stomach besides water. When taken chronically or on an empty stomach, NSAIDs can create holes and ulcers in the stomach and gut.

When taken in large amounts, or chronically they can harm your body with a buildup of toxic effects. Never exceed the amount your doctor says you can take!

How do they work? They interfere by binding up and blocking the binding receptors of something called substance P, a very small neurotransmitter that transmits pain signals. Basically, it keeps pain signals from traveling.

Hooray for NSAIDs!