NSAIDs still suitable, says ASMI

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NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and diclofenac remain a suitable choice for relief of acute pain for most people, says ASMI

ASMI was responding to reporting of an Australian study at the George Institute for Global Health, which looked at the effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on back pain.

“This study has no impact on whether you should take OTC (over-the-counter) NSAIDs for short-term, acute pain,” says ASMI Director Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Steve Scarff.

“The millions of Australians who have experienced relief from acute pain through the short-term use of NSAIDs as directed on the label can continue to have confidence in their choice of product.”

OTC NSAIDs have a long history of use and remain one of the top-selling categories of OTC medications, ASMI says, and the labels of these products clearly direct consumers that these medications are for short-term use only.

These products are appropriate for and intended for use in minor conditions that can be self-diagnosed by consumers and usually do not require any further medical intervention, ASMI says. These include, but are not limited to, muscular pain, arthritic pain, headache, dental pain and back pain.


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