Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – a group of drugs that have analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects. Their action is based on blocking the production of prostaglandins, which are excreted at the site of any tissue damage. Currently, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are rightfully considered to be one of the most popular drugs used in clinical practice. The most famous NSAID is aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid).
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have a strong analgesic effect, comparable to the effect of narcotic analgesics, but the mechanism of action of NSAIDs is such that they do not cause addiction and drug dependence. Their very important advantage is that they have a more selective effect on the body, that is, they treat what should be treated, and less harm is done to healthy organs.
It is not recommended to use NSAIDs for the treatment of patients in whom increased attention, accuracy, rapid reaction and coordination of movements are necessary since the action of drugs can cause drowsiness, weakness, headaches.