Prescription not necessary

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Prescription needed

Possibly Addictive or Habit Forming
Prescription needed

Analgesic                          Anti-inflammatory                                                     Antipyretic activity

Analgesic activity only

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) 325 mg (4 hours)

Advil (ibuprofen) 200 mg (4 hours)   

Aleve (naproxen) 200 mg (8 hours)  

Excedrin (Aspirin with caffeine)          

Orudis (ketoprofen) 50 mg                                                               

Relafen (nambutetone 500 and 750 mg

Celebrex (celecoxib) 50, 100, 200, 400 mg

Clinoril (sulindac) 150, 200 mg

Motrin/Ibuprofen 400, 800 mg

Naprosyn, Anaprox (naproxen) 250, 375, 500 mg

Indocin (indomethacin) 25 and 50 mg

Orudis (ketoprofen) 75 mg            

Feldene 10/20 mg

Ultram (tramadol) 50, 100, 200, 300 mg

Tylenol # 3 or 4 with codeine

Vicodin (hydrocodone) 5,7.5, 10 mg acetominophen 325 mg

Meperidine (demerol) 50, 150 mg

Fiorinal/Fioricett (butalbitol, caffeine, acetaminophen)



NSAIDs are well known for having the following side effects in older adults:

  • Decreased kidney function as a result of decreased blood flow to the kidneys. This can affect the way the body processes other medicines and can increase blood pressure.
  • Irritation of the lining of the stomach and bowels, which can cause internal bleeding.
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease with prolonged treatment.