Safe & Appropriate Use of NSAIDs

NSAIDs, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain relievers like Motrin, Aleve and ibuprofen, are some of the most commonly used medications in the United States. As a member of the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is working to help patients and healthcare providers better understand the risks and benefits of using NSAIDs, as well as how to manage those risks. Quick NSAID facts: • More than 23 million Americans use NSAIDs every day. • Dose and duration are the two biggest factors that influence the risks associated with NSAIDs. • Heart, kidney and digestive risks are associated with the overuse and misuse of NSAIDs. • To minimize NSAID risks, take the lowest effective dosage for the shortest period of time. The Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs is a public health coalition dedicated to educating people about the safe and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).