New York, NY -- The Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs, a public health coalition dedicated to the safe and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), has declared NSAID Awareness Week for August 24 – 28.
“The purpose of NSAID Awareness Week is to promote the appropriate use of these drugs and impress upon the public that this is an urgent and underappreciated public health issue,” said executive director Jennifer Wagner, LPN.
NSAIDs are used daily by millions of Americans, but while many consumers are well acquainted with NSAID products — they are available by prescription and also over-the-counter (OTC) products Advil or Motrin IB (also called ibuprofen) and Aleve (also called naproxen) – the majority are unfamiliar with the term, ‘NSAIDs.’ When used as directed, NSAIDs are safe and effective for reducing pain and inflammation, but they are not without the risk of side effects, particularly when used inappropriately.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, NSAIDs should not be used if there is decreased kidney function, because they reduce the blood flow to the kidneys. Also, long term NSAID use with higher doses may harm normal kidneys. Kidney disease caused by NSAID use is preventable. It is important to realize that, while helpful, these medicines are not completely without risk, and they should be used carefully.
“NSAIDs include some of the most widely used and recognizable pain-relief products, and yet many consumers are unfamiliar with the term, ‘NSAID,’ or don’t know which products contain NSAIDs, leaving them at risk of exceeding the recommended dose. The average consumer should be aware when they are taking an NSAID, so they can take it at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time required for symptomatic relief,” said Byron Cryer, M.D., associate dean at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and chair of the Alliance.
During NSAID Awareness Week, the Alliance and the National Kidney Foundaiton will raise awareness about these drugs and how to use them safely through educational content published across its various media platforms.
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.
The Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs is a public health coalition dedicated to the safe and appropriated use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).