Medications to Fight Pain: NSAIDS
Your first step to treat AS will be taking drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs help relieve your inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swelling. Still, NSAIDs do not treat the problems with your immune system when you have AS. These problems cause damage to your joints and bones.
NSAIDs used to treat AS pain and stiffness include:
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren-XR, Zorvolex)
- Ibuprofen ( Advil, Motrin)
- Indomethacin (Indocin)
- Meloxicam (Mobic)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
Most NSAIDs are available in generic forms. Some, like ibuprofen and naproxen, are available over the counter in drugstores.
Unfortunately, NSAIDs can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke. They can also break down the barriers that protect your stomach. This can cause an upset stomach and heartburn. In time, NSAIDs can even cause ulcers even if you don’t have symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe another medicine to protect your stomach. Celecoxib is an NSAID that may ease inflammation without hurting your stomach.