Anti-inflammatory medications are a diverse group of drugs designed to alleviate inflammation, a natural immune response that occurs in the body as a reaction to injury or infection.
These medications work by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals and enzymes responsible for causing inflammation, thereby reducing pain, swelling, and discomfort. Anti-inflammatory drugs can be broadly categorized into two main types: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin, are commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, headaches, and muscle sprains.
Corticosteroids, like prednisone and methylprednisolone, are more potent anti-inflammatory agents often prescribed for severe inflammation in conditions such as asthma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. While anti-inflammatory medications can provide significant relief, following the prescribed dosage and duration is crucial to minimize potential side effects and consult a healthcare professional for appropriate guidance.
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