Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen are used to treat headache, muscle pain and joint pain. Most people have no problem taking anti-inflammatories, but some people are seriously harmed by these medicines.
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You are at higher risk of being harmed by anti-inflammatory medicines if you are over 65 years old, take some types of blood pressure pills and ‘water pills’ (diuretics), or are sick and dehydrated. You should avoid anti-inflammatories, except on the advice of your doctor.
Learning about anti-inflammatories may help you avoid harm from these medicines.
The following activity has been developed by the University of Otago to help you learn about anti-inflammatory medicine. You will find out about anti-inflammatory medicines, how they can harm your body, how to take them safely and why to avoid them when taking blood pressure medicines.
It will take 5–10 minutes.
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