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Health Tip: Can I Take an NSAID?

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Health Tip: Can I Take an NSAID?

Not if you have certain allergies

(HealthDay News) -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common pain-relieving medications that often are available over-the-counter.

However, the American Academy of Family Physicians says some people shouldn't take these drugs, among them:

  • People with an allergy to pain relievers, including aspirin.
  • People who drink three or more alcoholic beverages per day.
  • People who have stomach or intestinal bleeding, or peptic ulcers.
  • People who have kidney disease, heart disease or liver disease.
  • People with a bleeding disorder or who take medication to thin the blood.