Patient’s Knowledge and Use of Oral Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in a Rheumatology Clinic

  • Abeer Arain
  • Mehmoodur Rasheed
  • Nader Sallam
  • Zoona Sarwar
  • Mehwish Khan
Keywords: NSAIDs, patient education, adverse effects, patient care



We evaluated the knowledge of non-steroidal antiinflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) including their dosage, side effects,
contraindications, and drug interactions among the patients in an
outpatient rheumatology clinic.


Patients in a rheumatology clinic completed a short survey
assessing their knowledge of over-the-counter NSAIDs.


The survey was provided to 400 participants and 275
(68.5%) were using over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs. The majority
of the participants identified their commonly used NSAID. Almost a
third were unaware of the contraindication of NSAIDs such as peptic
ulcer disease, chronic kidney disease, and hypertension. Nearly 53.9%
participants denied having any discussion of OTC medications with
their providers. Two-thirds of the respondents reported seeing only
the medication packaging for the dose determination (67.8%).


The gap in patient knowledge of the potential side
effects and the lack of discussion of OTC medications by the providers
may be predisposing the patients to preventable side effects from

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