NSAID Use in Primary Care: A Quiz on Risks, Benefits, & Patient Selection

February 18, 2021
Veronica Hackethal, MD

What is the drug of choice in a patient who is taking aspirin for secondary prevention of stroke? Ibuprofen? Celecoxib? Other? Plus 6 more questions on NSAID use in primary care.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are mainstays for managing acute and chronic pain secondary to inflammation; however, the gastrointestinal (GI), cardiovascular (CV), and renal risks associated with the class require careful patient selection. An international group of experts in 2020 released a practice advisory published in the Journal of Pain Research, which summarizes current evidence and provides updated guidance to primary care physicians on the use of NSAIDs for pain, with an emphasis on CV, GI, and renal safety.

What does the 2020 practice advisory along with previous research recommend regarding the appropriate use of NSAIDs in primary care? Take the 7-question quiz below to find out.