For patients at higher risk for GI complications, TYLENOL® can be an appropriate choice.1-4
In the stomach, NSAIDs inhibit cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1)5
In the stomach, COX-1 plays an important role in gastric mucosal protection. NSAID inhibition of COX-1 can diminish this COX-1 mediated protective mechanism. This can lead to GI side effects such as irritation and bleeding.5
Because TYLENOL® does not interfere with COX-1 like NSAIDs, it does not irritate the stomach the way naproxen sodium or even ibuprofen can.1-4
Watch how NSAIDs can increase GI risk5
Some comorbidities can increase the risk of NSAID-related GI bleeding4,6,7
The GI risks of NSAIDs are even greater in certain patients, including those on aspirin heart therapy and those on certain antiplatelet therapies.
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