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Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and swelling of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. NSAIDs come in prescription form (e.g. Celebrex, Mobic) and over the counter (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Studies have shown that about 30% of people with some form of arthritis use over-the-counter NSAIDs on a daily basis. Many other people take a combination of prescription and OTC NSAIDs daily to manage their pain, even though long term NSAID use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and overuse can lead to drug toxicity. A recent study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism found an association between dual use of NSAIDs and poorer health status. The study defined dual use as taking two NSAIDS, either prescription or OTC, at least twice a week during the month before the study survey was conducted. 182 patients in a managed care organization participated in the study. Of these patients, half had either rheumatoi...
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, might lower your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology .
Researchers reviewed nine previous studies which also looked at the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer. According to the scientists, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma dropped by 15 percent and could potentially become a part of overall prevention measures for SCC.
SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer with 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes, however, it can become deadly if left untreated. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 8,800 people died from SCC in 2012. This type of skin cancer develops in the epidermis, or ...
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