Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks

(BPT) - You or someone you know well likely suffers from arthritis, joint inflammation that, per the CDC, affects an estimated 54 million people in the United States, or 23% of all adults.1 Two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Many physicians suggest OA and RA patients take oral NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen because they have been proven to effectively relieve joint inflammation and pain.2 However, what many people don't know is that NSAIDs put patients at risk for stomach ulcers — sores on the lining of the stomach caused by stomach acid. As many as 1 in 4 regular NSAID users can develop a GI ulcer.3

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