nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
(NON-steh-ROY-dul AN-tee-in-FLA-muh-TOR-ee ...)
- A drug that works in a different way than a steroid to reduce pain, redness, swelling, and fever in the body. Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also help keep blood clots from forming. The side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include bleeding and stomach, kidney, and heart problems. Examples of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, celecoxib, diclofenac, and ketorolac. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also help prevent some types of cancer. Also called NSAID.