The University of Nottingham Logo Side effects are something which tag along with various medications. Although medications are used to cure various medical conditions, sometimes they themselves could result in the birth of such issues which may be graver than the original health problem. This factor is been assessed by the experts from The University of Nottingham, who are participating in the largest ever study to have been conducted on the safety of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS).

Apparently, this particular study called SOS (Safety Of non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is noted to assess the medical data of around 35 million European people in order to evaluate the occurrence or nature of side-effects. Allegedly, the experts will assess how these side effects affect the heart and gastrointestinal systems of the patients.

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice, Julia Hippisley-Cox, says, “The SOS project will help quantify and compare the risks of different NSAIDs based on an individual’s profile and should help lead patients and doctors make better decisions regarding treatment options.”

It has been stated that NSAIDS are quite frequently utilized in the treatment of inflammation, pain and degenerative diseases. Aspirin and ibuprofen are noted to be the most commonly used NSAIDS. However, these drugs may increase an individual’s risk of developing gastrointestinal-related issues. In order to deal with this issue, ‘Coxibs’, a new class of NSAIDS, have been developed. This new drug is believed to lower the risk of developing such side-effects. However this has in turn been associated with an increased risk of facing cardiovascular problems like stroke and heart attack.

The fact that the risk of stomach problems may need to be balanced against the risk of cardiovascular interference is also been agreed upon by numerous scientists and doctors. However these risks may vary in everyone and in each of the 30 different types of NSAIDS. Supposedly, until now the assessments conducted on this issue were believed to be on a smaller scale and thus the presently conducted survey is believed to be of great help. This large-scale survey may notably provide a more precise prescription method of lowering the amount of side effects faced from medication drugs.