When taking any medication prescribed by your doctor, you should know exactly what kind of drugs are being prescribed to you and their effects and so called "side effects". You should ask and be sure you get the answers to your questions. If your doctor does not or will not answer your questions to your satisfaction, you should seek out another doctor who is willing to explain fully what he intends to prescribe.
It's your responsibility to ask and be sure of what you will do with your body or that of your children and loved ones. In the end, you will bear the consequences of your decisions, not your doctor or the pharmaceutical company. Make informed decision by educating yourself.
There are some very promising supplements and foods that scientific research has show to have natural anti-inflammatory effects. You may want to consider using a natural anti-inflammatory alone, or together with your choice of NSAID. You can read about green-lipped mussel oil here. There is research which shows that using NSAIDs together with green-lipped mussel extract reduce the dosage of the anti-inflammatory as well as protecting against the gastro-toxicity.
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If you must use a pharmaceutical, only use drugs which have been on the market for over 7 years or more. New drugs are still in Stage 4 Post Marketing testing and if you take these drugs, you are part of the testing process. Just think of how many "new wonder durgs" have been taken off the market after killing or maiming thousands.
Just say no to new drugs. Ask your doctor for an older one with a proven tract record. At least you have more chances of taking a drug that won't harm you as much as a new one.
This is not to say that there aren't some good new drugs. There very well may be. But just beware that the drugs are marketed before the testing is finished. Make informed decisions.
*The above list of NSAIDs contains the most commonly used NSAIDs. Click here for a more complete list.
For those seeking a natural alternative to NSAIDs, please see our recommendation here.