Survey Finds Many People Lack NSAID Knowledge
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Sunday, October 09, 2016 12:00 AM

About half of the responders to a small online survey said they didn’t know what an NSAID was, nor did they know why they are used.  Overall, 47% of survey respondents, as well as 40% of those who said they had taken pain medication in the last 12 months, said that said they did not know what NSAIDs were.  In addition, more than a quarter said that they were not aware of the FDA recommendations regarding NSAID use (the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration).

The authors wrote that the survey results were particularly interesting in light of the FDA's recent strengthened warning about the increased risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with NSAID use. The results indicated that patients don’t discuss over-the-counter pain medication use because they don’t think it's important.  Doctors are prescribing NSAIDs and they are taking things where they don’t even know the risk.  We need to be talking to this, we need to be having these conversations with our patients.

Although 61% of all respondents said they used over-the-counter pain medications most frequently to manage their pain, when given a list of pain relievers, a good portion of patients failed to identify several of those that were NSAIDs or contained NSAID ingredients.

More than half of respondents said that they did realize there was a "risk" associated with NSAIDs, but they were unaware of low-dose options for these drugs. In fact, a third of respondents said that they believed they needed a high-dose treatment option for their pain.