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Be cautious when using an anti inflammatory medication for backpain

When pain strikes it can be debilitating and interfere with almost every aspect of daily living. This is especially true for people suffering from back pain. There are many reasons why the pain exists and some sufferers have found relief by using an anti inflammatory medication.

Choosing the right anti inflammatory medication should be done carefully. There are some that can bring quick relief, but they cannot be used for extended periods of time. Other drugs might treat certain painful conditions, but are not useful against inflammation.

Plain aspirin has been used successfully as an anti inflammatory medication. The ingredients in aspirin help to block the production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like chemicals that try to assist the body in the healing process by promoting inflammation at sites of illness and injury. Inflammation is an innate immunological response to remove organisms that are damaging body cells.

Aspirin is different than other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in that it does not cause the same type of side effects as many other NSAIDs. Many times, when one takes an anti inflammatory medication, their risk for serious health problems developing increases, but aspirin actually reduces these some of the common risks like strokes and heart attacks. However, aspirin is not always strong enough to achieve the relief a person is seeking.

Ibuprofen is another NSAID that inhibits the production of prostaglandins. One can use over-the-counter (OTC) pills or get a prescription for a higher dose from their doctor. The OTC and the prescribed doses can cause many side effects and long term usage might not be advisable.

The other NSAIDs can cause serious side effects in some people. Celecoxib is useful for arthritic conditions affecting the spine and hips by inhibiting the production of COX-2. Cox-2 is an enzyme that produces inflammation and pain in the back. Among the more serious side effects are developing cardiovascular problems and uncontrolled bleeding.


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