Some treatments of non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) drugs can help prevent the occurrence of stroke and heart attack in people who are more at risk. For example, many people get relief from the blood thinning effects of a low dose aspirin regimen. However, most other NSAID drugs besides aspirin can increase blood pressure. When using drugs like this, be sure to not exceed the recommended dosage as it can increase your risk for cardiovascular events.
NSAIDs can eliminate substances in the GI system that protect the lining of the digestive tract. This, combined with the acidity of many NSAIDs can cause irritation, and potential bleeding. Nearly 20% of all people who regularly take NSAIDs experience some form of gastro-intestinal irritation. Unfortunately, this often leads to ulcers in the stomach, esophagus, or duodenum (part of the small intestine).
Liver damage from NSAIDs are rare, and usually occur in those who are already suffering from some form of liver disease. However, studies have shown that certain drugs can increase the level of liver enzymes that circulate through the blood stream. If your doctor has determined that there may be an increase in these enzymes, stop using NSAIDs right away. These enzyme levels will usually decrease after you stop.
Over 20% of adults already suffering from asthma say that the symptoms get worse when they take aspirin. Some cases have even been reported of aspirin causing respiratory problems and difficulty breathing in people without asthma. These symptoms are highest among those who also have had nasal polyps or recurring bouts with sinusitis.