Effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on endogenous gastrointestinal prostaglandins and therapeutic strategies for prevention and treatment of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced damage

Byron Cryer, Mark Feldman

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• Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective for pain relief and treatment of arthritis, they can induce gastric and duodenal ulcers and life-threatening complications. The mechanisms of their anti-inflammatory action and their gastroduodenal toxic effects are related, in part, to inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. This review article discusses prostaglandins, their functions in the gastrointestinal tract, anti-inflammatory actions of NSAIDs, and mechanisms by which NSAIDs produce gastroduodenal ulcers. Also reviewed are risk factors associated with the development of NSAID-related ulcers and pharmacologic strategies for the prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced ulcers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1145-1155
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1992


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  • Internal Medicine

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