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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - NSAIDS

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

NSAIDS and Antidepressants [posted 1/4/99]
Question:Is it safe to take NSAIDS while taking the antidepressants elavil, effexor, and klonopin?


NSAIDs and Lab Tests [posted 7/23/98]
Question: Could you refer me to any research or literature stating if or how NSAIDs can affect tests for spirochetal infection such as ELIZA, Western Blot, LUAT or PCR.

Answer: Out of my league.

General Information
Question: I would like to know what NSAIDS is and what it means. I see it a lot when I check for medication my doctor gives me. I have asthma and have recently broken some small bones in my wrist thank you again for the answers

Answer: NSAIDS stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This is a class of drugs which acts to decrease some of the mediators of inflammation and also decreases pain. The major class side effect is GI. That is, nausea, diarrhea, GI bleeding etc. There are numerous drugs in this class and recently have begun to be sold over the counter. We use them for inflammatory arthritis or any condition requiring an anti-inflammatory as well as pain relief.

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