(812) 482-7441

St. Thomas Medical Center
600 West 13th St. | Suite 200 
Jasper, IN 47546

Questions & Answers

What are NSAIDs and how do they work?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are non-prescription, over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium. They are popular treatments for muscular aches and pains, as well as arthritis.

NSAIDs not only relieve pain, but also help to decrease inflammation, prevent blood clots, and reduce fevers. They work by blocking the actions of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme. There are two forms of the COX enzyme. COX-2 is produced when joints are injured or inflamed, which NSAIDS counteract. COX-1 protects the stomach lining from acids and digestive juices and helps the kidneys function properly. This is why side effects of NSAIDs may include nausea, upset stomach, ulcers, or improper kidney function.

Hours of Operation

Monday thru Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Contact Us

Toll Free: (800) 499-7044
Phone: (812) 482-7441
Fax: (812) 482-7444

(812) 482-7441

St. Thomas Medical Center
600 West 13th St. | Suite 200 
Jasper, IN 47546