Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat a variety of conditions, including inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory response is triggered by substances called prostaglandins, which are released when tissue is damaged. NSAIDs reduce inflammation by blocking the production of prostaglandins.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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