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I have known patients to pop ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) like candy. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve many types of pain, from headaches and pinched nerves to muscle, back, and knee pain. Sold both over the counter (OTC) and by prescription, they are widely used and readily available — but they are not harmless.

Most people know about the potential for NSAIDs to cause gastrointestinal bleeding or stomach problems. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently strengthened another warning about non-aspirin…

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