NSAIDs (pronounced en-seds) are common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen and aspirin. Interestingly, a natural source of aspirin, or salicylic acid is found in jasmine, beans, peas, clover and certain grasses and trees in the Spiraea family.
If you have dental pain, or feeling feverish, chances are you’ll be reaching for an NSAID for relief. They’re meant for short-term use, so be sure to read the information enclosed in your package before using the product. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID, but rather, a pain reliever and fever reducer. Acetaminophen does not have the anti-inflammatory properties of NSAIDs.
The NSAID diclofenac sold under the brand name Voltaren is available in a topical that is rubbed onto the skin. Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, inflammation and joint stiffness caused by arthritis, and repetitive motion syndromes. Voltaren also effectively relieves pain in the back, knees, neck and shoulders caused by minor injuries. Once absorbed, the gel works to inhibit prostaglandin production in the body that causes pain and inflammation. Voltaren is the #1 selling topical pain reliever in Canada and is available for back and muscle pain, joint pain, and extra strength emulgel.
The NSAIDs listed above are available over-the-counter, so you can purchase them without a prescription from your doctor. If you have any questions about managing pain, or NSAIDs, please ask one of our pharmacists for more information.