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NSAID is short for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug. These drugs include ibuprofen (Advil), paracetamol, naproxen sodium (Aleve) and some other prescription drugs.

NSAIDs are most commonly used as an analgesic, taken to relieve pain. NSAIDs are considered, in general, to be safer than acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol in the US); in particular, larger doses are less likely to cause permanent liver damage. However, long-term high-dose treatment may be inadvisable. They have also been linked to a higher risk of stomach ulcers.

For chronic (persistent) pain, seek medical advice.

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