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Anti-inflammatories, non-steroidal

There are two main groups of anti-inflammatory drugs:

  • Steroidal (drugs that are usually injected directly into the body, see Related topics section), and
  • Non-steroidal (usually known as NSAIDS).

Some NSAIDS are combined with analgesics (painkillers). NSAIDS are usually taken in tablet or capsule form, but are also available as liquids, creams, sprays and suppositories. Ophthalmic NSAIDS are eye droplets, commonly used before or after eye surgery to relieve oedema (fluid in the eye).