Is pain medication leaving you at risk for further health complications? People who must rely on pain medications called non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions face a dilemma.
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Sherri Dmyterko: Is your pain medication leaving you at risk for further health complications? People who must rely on pain medication is called Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory or NSAIDS to treat arthritis, another inflammatory conditions face a dilemma while these drugs may effectively manage pain, they also increase the risk of health complication such as gastric ulcers and stomach bleeding. Doctor Richard Hunt is a professor in the division Gastroenterology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Richard Hunt: Patients who take anti-inflammatory drugs may experience a number of problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They may have symptoms by 50% of people taking these drugs do. One in five or 20% will have an ulcer if we were to look into their stomach with the telescope. And about 4 to 5% of people taking drugs overtime will experience the serious complication which maybe a bleed a possibly a perforation. Sherri Dmyterko: However, you can reduce the risk of complication through the use of Proton Pump Inhibitor. Doctor Marc Bradette as a gastroenterologist with Hotel Dieu Hospital in Montreal. Marc Bradette: When we take in a non-inflammatory drug adding a PPI or Proton Pump Inhibitor, we will have significant benefits. First it will improve dyspepsia that is the patients will be able to tolerate to their anti-inflammatory drug better if they take this medication. Second and very important, it will significantly decreased the risk of eventual complications such as upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage and upper gastrointestinal perforation associated with the use of the anti-inflammatory drugs. Sherri Dmyterko: For information about anti inflammatory pain management and Proton Pump Inhibitors speak with your family doctor; Sherri Dmyterko reporting.

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