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does allergy to ingested NSAIDs mean I can't use NSAID creams?

I have an anaphylaxis reaction to all NSAIDs: aspirin, ibuprophen, Aleve, etc. Is it safe for me to use a pain cream that calls itself an NSAID?



  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 879

    @kerayne - I highly recommend that you consult with your doctor before trying any NSAID cream.  You said that you have had  anaphylaxis reactions to oral NSAIDs.  Sometimes the reactions are with the binders in the drugs, but I'm guessing your reaction is with the NSAIDs.  Please, be very careful!

    Do your due diligence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be surprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.

  • I am allergic to NSAIDS as they cause stomach bleeds and hives. Recently saw my doc for neck/shoulder pain and was prescribed Voltaren gel which works great and with zero problems. 

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434

    Different people react differently to NSAIDS.   Some will get almost immediate stomach problems after taking one or two doses of OTC or prescribed NSAIDS.   While others can take those same medications for weeks and weeks before they have any problem and some never have a problem.

    I have heard so many times people being allergic to NSAIDs.  For some, that is a problem with stomach disorders.  Those that are really allergic to NSAIDs normally break out in a rash as soon as they take them.   But, like I said, everyone is different, so I dont think there is one blanket statement  that would apply to everyone.

    I can take NSAIDs for a while, but then after a week or two, my stomach starts to act up.  But as the others have said, Voltaren seems to be different.   I've used this gel for almost 4 years now and have never run into a problem.

    But none of us are medical professionals, so , I would check and discuss this with your doctor

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I get severe edema in the feet and ankles from ingested nsaids so I avoid them topically as well

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