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Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs)

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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug Adult

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs) - Dosage and How to Use

How should Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs) be used?

It is usually given orally when necessary. Some NSAIDs are available in suppository formulations although they are hardly used in the treatment of rheumatology conditions

If you are taking NSAIDs for condition called spondyloarthritis (SpA), your rheumatologist will need you to take NSAIDs regularly to control the inflammation.

Doses of NSAIDs vary amongst each other. Your physician will prescribe a suitable dose for you.

Most NSAIDs should be swallowed whole, with a glass of water, after food to prevent stomach upset, usually once or twice a day. The tablets/ capsules should not be crushed or chewed unless otherwise stated.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

NSAIDs are generally taken on as needed basis and not regularly except when used for spondyloarthritis or as directed by the physician.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember.

If it is almost time for next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.

Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Read on for more information on the use of nSAIDs as postnatal medication.

  • Updated on Friday, June 12, 2015
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Singapore General Hospital

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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