NSAIDs learning activity

Anti-inflammatories are also called NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories drugs. Learning about anti-inflammatories may help you avoid harm from these medicines.

Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen are used to treat headache, muscle pain and joint pain. 

Most people have no problem taking anti-inflammatories, but some people are seriously harmed by these medicines.


You are at higher risk of being harmed by anti-inflammatory medicines if you are over 65 years old, take some types of blood pressure pills and ‘water pills’ (diuretics), or are sick and dehydrated. You should avoid anti-inflammatories, except on the advice of your doctor. 

Learning about anti-inflammatories may help you avoid harm from these medicines.

The following activity has been developed by the University of Otago to help you learn about anti-inflammatory medicine. You will find out about anti-inflammatory medicines, how they can harm your body, how to take them safely and why to avoid them when taking blood pressure medicines.

It will take 5–10 minutes.