NSAIDs: Good for the Joints, Bad for the Gut?
NSAIDs is an acronym for "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs." The steroids referred to here are not those employed by wayward Olympians, but rather those of the adrenalcortical steroid family such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, and betamethasone. Because they suppress inflammation they are employed in many chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, these drugs have important metabolic effects that limit their use. Side effects may include gastric and duodenal ulcers and sometimes intestinal bleeding. A discussion of NSAIDs and their use. Reviewed and updated 2009.