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NSAIDs and Steroids

About the drugs

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What does NSAID stand for? Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
What does the Inflammatory Process consist of? Increasing the blood supply to infected or traumatized areas, increasing the migration of leukocytes, increasing the activity of cells engulfing/destroying envaders.
How do NSAID's work? They inhibit an enzyme called cycloxygenase (cox) therefore decreasing discomfort and pain associated with infection
What is a Cox inhibitor? Cycloxygenase (cox) inhibitors control the production of prostaglandins which is linked to inflammation and pain. There are 2 types
How do steroids work? They block the action of the enzyme phospholipase reducing the inflammatory process and therefore pain
What are the two types of steroids? Mineralcorticoids and Glucocorticoids
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