Prescription NSAIDs are an important treatment for the symptoms of many debilitating conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and other rheumatological and painful conditions. OTC NSAIDs are used to temporarily reduce fever and to treat minor aches and pains such as headaches, toothaches, backaches, muscular aches, tendonitis, strains, sprains and menstrual cramps. Common OTC NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). In addition, some combination medicines that relieve various symptoms, such as multi-symptom cold products, contain NSAIDs.
It will always be this way because when someone is in pain they want to be out of pain as quickly as possible. In that regard, people will follow the palliative model brought forth by allopathics. But once out of pain, they may try to "look deeper" into the pain and it's many possible causes. Removing the cause, not so much, if it involves changing eating habits. I, for one, love sourdough bread, raw dairy and potatoes - so I have no intention of eliminating them from my diet. I don't eat those foods every day (except the dairy) but I still won't be giving them up after almost 60 years of no problems from them. I probably am the exception, in that I rare;y take or need pain killers, but instead I use massage, acupressure, etc.
When and how much to take
NSAIDs should ideally be taken with some food, or at least with milk or yoghurt to avoid irritation of the gastric mucosa (. the inner lining of the stomach). It is important not to exceed the recommended dose to avoid possible serious side-effects. There is also no benefit in taking more than a certain dose, since these drugs have a ceiling effect. This means that above a certain dose, taking even more of this medication will not yield any extra beneficial effects, but will considerably increase the risk for side-effects.