Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are valuable in the treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders, and as analgesics in a wide variety of clinical scenarios. However, their use has been limited by their association with serious gastrointestinal (GI) side effects in both the upper and lower GI tract.
The DRAFT second edition (2008) alerts health professionals to recent information published on the effects of NSAIDs on the gastrointestinal tract.
It is intended to be used as a guide only and not as an authorative statement of every conceivable step or circumstance which may or could relate to the efficacy or otherwise of NSAIDs.
Specific recommendations are based on relevant published information and will be updated periodically as new information becomes available. This information is currently under review.
This document was originally edited by Professor Neville Yeomans and reviewed by Dr James Bertouch (Rheumatologist) and A/Professor Daniel Stiel (Gastroenteologist) and sponsored by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.
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