A review of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
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An increasing number of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is available for clinical use each year. This article reviews significant differences between NSAIDs currently available in Canada, and helps the clinician to evaluate new NSAIDs. While their mechanism of action and efficacy are similar, side effects and cost vary considerably from one agent to another. Because all NSAIDs can produce adverse effects, patients, especially if they are elderly, should be selected carefully for treatment with a particular agent.
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