4 Things to Know About NSAIDs for Psoriatic Arthritis

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Gina Garippo

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If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, most likely your doctor has prescribed a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs come in both over-the-counter and prescription strength and are typically the first line of treatment for the disease.

Here are four things to keep in mind when taking these medications.

1. NSAIDs shouldn’t be underestimated.

NSAIDs, which include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription medications, are widely used for a host of health problems. In fact, it’s likely that NSAIDs are already in your medicine cabinet. But don’t underestimate these drugs just because they’re common. NSAIDs effectively decrease inflammation, swelling, and joint pain for many people with psoriatic arthritis.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 29, 2017

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