Palo Alto Hand Surgery

Dr. Andrew Gutow 

Dr. Jennifer Schneider


Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

NSAID DOSE GUIDELINES

 

Andrew P. Gutow, MD

Jennifer L Schneider, MD

Department of Hand Surgery

Department of Orthopedics

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

(650) 853-2951

 

OVER THE COUNTER PILLS

 

Non steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS are over the counter drugs which can reduce pain and fever. At higher doses they can reduce inflammation as well.

 

Name

Ibuprofen

(Advil, Motrin)

Naproxen

(Aleve)

 

 

 

Dose/tablet

200mg

220mg

# of tablets

3 = 600mg

2 = 440mg

Times per day

3

2

 

Take tablets with food and a full glass of water.

Caution: if you experience stomach pain or severe     heartburn, STOP taking these medications

 

 

TOPICAL OINTMENTS AND RUBS

 

Topical creams provide an alternative to oral medications for patients trying to get relief from arthritis, tendonitis or muscle pain. Topical creams are primarily used to soothe aching joints, tendons or muscles. If you have more severe pain, you may need oral medication as well. Use only as directed.

 

 

Name

Application

TrolamineSalicylate 10%

(Aspercreme, myoflex cream)

Apply to affected joints 1-3 times a day

Methyl Salicylate

(Bengay, Icy Hot)

Apply to affected joints 1-3 times a day

 

Caution: Do not use these topical products if you have any sensitivity or allergy to salicylates including aspirin. Do not use more often than directed.