NSAIDs : non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Aspirin (Anacin, Ascriptin, Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin,
Choline and magnesium salicylates (CMT, Tricosal, Trilisate)
Choline salicylate (Arthropan)
Diclofenac potassium (Cataflam)
Diclofenac sodium (Voltaren, Voltaren XR)
Diclofenac sodium with misoprostol (Arthrotec)
Etodolac (Lodine, Lodine XL)
Fenoprofen calcium (Nalfon)
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Motrin IB, Nuprin)
Indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR)
Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail)
Magnesium salicylate (Arthritab, Bayer Select, Doan's Pills, Magan,
Meclofenamate sodium (Meclomen)
Mefenamic acid (Ponstel)
Naproxen (Naprosyn, Naprelan*)
Naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox)
Salsalate (Amigesic, Anaflex 750, Disalcid, Marthritic, Mono-Gesic,
Sodium salicylate (various generics)
Tolmetin sodium (Tolectin)
Note: Some products, such as Excedrin, are combination drugs (Excedrin
is acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine).
Note that acetaminophen (Paracetamol; Tylenol) is not on this
list. Acetaminophen belongs to a class of drugs called analgesics (pain
relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). The exact mechanism of
action of acetaminophen is not known. Acetaminophen relieves pain by
elevating the pain threshold, that is, by requiring a greater amount
of pain to develop before it is felt by a person. It reduces fever through
its action on the heat-regulating center of the brain. Specifically,
it tells the center to lower the body's temperature when the temperature
is elevated. Acetaminophen relieves pain in mild arthritis but has no
effect on the underlying inflammation, redness and swelling of the joint.
Paracetamol, unlike other common analgesics such as aspirin and ibuprofen,
has no anti-inflammatory properties, and so it is not a member of the
class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs.
* Naproxen Sodium
" Naprelan contains naproxen sodium, a member of the arylacetic
acid group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)"
"The chemical name for naproxen sodium is 2-naphthaleneacetic acid,
6-methoxy-a-methyl-sodium salt, (S)."