NSAIDs (Oral)

18%

Improve with treatment

40%

Improve with control

42%

Do not Improve

What does improve mean?

An example of a 30% reduction in pain scores is a decrease from 6 to 4 on a 10 point pain scale

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How many people will improve?

58%

Improvement by treatment or placebo

42%

No Improvement

NSAIDs (Oral) Harms

Withdrawals due to Adverse Events
5.6%
5.7% (placebo)

Other Considerations

  • Consider naproxen or ibuprofen. Diclofenac and COX-2 inhibitors (celecoxib) may increase cardiovascular risk.
  • Approximate cost (CAD) for 30-day supply:
    Naproxen $15-30, Celexcoib $20-30

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