What is an anti-inflammatory?

Did you know that it is always useful, and recommended, to have a first-aid kit at home, that is helpful to a specific ailment, illness or accident at home ?. In this regard, they emphasize above all certain drugs considered as simple and adequate in certain circumstances, as is the case of anti-inflammatory.

However, as we indicated on a previous occasion, it is very important not to self-medicate and always take only those medications prescribed by our doctor. Furthermore, it is advisable to review this kit at least once a year, to identify those that have been dated, and therefore, to recycle expired medications.

Among the different basic medicines that we should have at home we find the ones known as anti-inflammatory, such as paracetamol or aspirin.

What is an anti-inflammatory and what is its function?

They are medicines that are used to Prevent or reduce inflammation of tissues. The mechanism by which they act is to prevent - or inhibit - the biosynthesis of their mediating agents, known as eicosanoids or arachidonic acid derivatives.

Fundamentally there are two large groups of drugs or anti-inflammatory drugs: steroids and non-steroids.

Types of anti-inflammatory drugs

  • Steroid anti-inflammatories: corticosteroid drugs, hormones produced by the adrenal cortex, or natural or semi-synthetic corticosteroids, structural analogs of natural corticosteroids (especially glucocorticoids). Its use is limited, mainly due to its adverse or secondary effects, especially when administered orally or parenterally.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories: known as NSAIDs, they can be grouped according to their action against the synthesis of prostaglandins and thromboxanes. The most popular is acetylsalicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin.

Do you want to know more about other medications? We advise you to read the article what is an analgesic.

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Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Mayo Clinic Radio (December 2023)