Definitions for "Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs"
a group of drugs that relieve pain and reduce inflammation
These drugs block the body's production of prostaglandins, substances that mediate pain and inflammation. NSAIDs relieve the pain from chronic and acute inflammatory conditions, including arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, and pain associated with injuries, bursitis, tendinitis, and dental problems. NSAIDs also relieve pain associated with noninflammatory conditions. Generic and brand names of NSAIDs include aspirin (Bayer and Bufferin), ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, and Motrin), tometin (Tolectin), naproxen (Naprosyn), and piroxicam (Feldene).
class of drugs that reduce prostaglandin by inhibiting cyclooxygenase. NSAIDs alleviate the symptoms of arthritis but do not alter the underlying disease process. 'Nonsteroidal' is used to distinguish NSAIDs from corticosteroid drugs which have a greater anti-inflammatory effect and more dangerous side effects with long-term use.
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