Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) -3

Children:
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen has been tested in children 6 months of age and older. It has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults.
Indomethacin and for Tolmetin: Indomethacin and tolmetin have been tested in children 2 years of age and older and have not been shown to cause different side effects or problems than they do in adults.
Naproxen: Studies with naproxen in children 2 years of age and older have shown that skin rash may be more likely to occur.
Oxaprozin: Oxaprozin has been used in children with arthritis. However, there is no specific information comparing use of this medicine in children with use in other age groups.
Phenylbutazone: Use of Phenylbutazone in children up to 15 years of age is not recommended.
For other anti-inflammatory analgesics: There is no specific information on the use of other anti-inflammatory analgesics in children.

Most of these medicines, especially Indomethacin and Phenylbutazone, can cause serious side effects in any patient. Therefore, it is especially important that you discuss with the child's doctor the good that this medicine may do as well as the risks of using it.

Older adults:
Certain side effects, such as confusion, swelling of the face, feet, or lower legs, or sudden decrease in the amount of urine, may be especially likely to occur in elderly patients, who are usually more sensitive than younger adults to the effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Also, elderly people are more likely than younger adults to get very sick if these medicines cause stomach problems. With Phenylbutazone, blood problems may also be more likely to occur in the elderly.

Care is needed if you have:

Forms of NSAIDs products:
These drugs are available in nearly every form:

  • By mouth:
    such as Celoxib, Feldoral, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, Rheumarene, they come in tablets, capsules or medicines. This is the most widely used form.
  • Injections:
    such as Feldoral and Rheumarene. This form is used for the pain after surgical operations and also is very effective for the treatment of pain produced by kidney stones (renal colic).
  • Suppositories:
    such as Rheumarene and Indomethacin are available. These are often used for post operative pain and sometimes in chronic pain when the patient is unable to take medication by mouth.
  • Creams gels and foams:
    such as RRheumarene gel to apply to the skin. These are not felt to be as effective, but some people do get considerable relief from their use.
    Although non-oral routes of administration avoid the direct irritation of the stomach, they do not avoid the indigestion and ulcer risks, as these are caused by the chemical once it is in the blood stream.

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