Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used for a variety of painful conditions, including arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, gout attacks, menstrual cramps, sprains, strains, and other injuries. They have analgesic (pain-reducing) and anti-inflammatory effects. Because they have analgesic properties it means that they can relieve pain in a similar fashion to paracetamol. They are also effective in controlling inflammation and by doing so they reduce the amount of stiffness and pain in the joint, muscle or tendon.
They work by blocking the production of chemicals in the body known as prostaglandins. These chemicals are produced as a normal body function and are involved in pain transmission, inflammation and tissue damage. Therefore, as you make less prostaglandins, you have less inflammation and pain.
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