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Tracy S Hunter, Chip Robison, Philip P Gerbino
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used in the treatment of pain and inflammation. Emerging pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evidence in NSAID pharmacology provides important criteria for selecting an appropriate NSAID. The inhibition of COX enzymes by NSAIDs affects physiologic functions in the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal systems. Of the 2 principal types of COX enzymes, COX-1 and COX- 2, the pain-relieving (anti-hyperalgesia) effects of NSAIDs are driven mainly by the inhibition of COX-2...
April 2015: American Journal of Managed Care
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