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Treatment and chemoprevention of NSAID-associated gastrointestinal complications

Authors Frech E, Go M

Published 9 December 2008 Volume 2009:5 Pages 65—73


Edward J Frech1,2, Mae F Go1,2

1GI Section, George E Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; 2Division of Gastroenterology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Abstract: The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs has become ubiquitous worldwide and remains a common source of gastrointestinal morbidity. Antisecretory medications, particularly proton pump inhibitors, are effective in the treatment and prevention of NSAID-related gastrointestinal complications, including peptic ulcer disease and non-ulcer dyspepsia. A careful assessment of patients’ risk factors for developing NSAID-related gastrointestinal complications should be undertaken prior to initiation of any NSAIDs. Patients who are considered at risk for developing gastrointestinal complications should receive concurrent antisecretory medical therapy to minimize the risk for GI complications.

Keywords: NSAIDs, peptic ulcer disease, gastrointestinal prophylaxis

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