Too many NSAIDs can lead to stomach bleeding, ulcers

07/20/2011 | Washington Post, The

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can raise a person's risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding if taken regularly and at higher-than recommended dosages. Experts advise patients to talk with their physician because the drugs, which block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes to reduce inflammation and pain, reduce production of prostaglandins that protect the stomach lining from the effects of stomach acid.

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