Always read and follow your pain medication label
With millions of Americans taking NSAID pain medication every day, it is important to always read and follow the medication label and be aware of potential risks associated with NSAIDs, including gastrointestinal (or stomach) bleeding.
The science behind it
Natually-occuring chemicals, called prostaglandins, help to protect the stomach lining. Similar prostaglandins are also responsible for causing pain. NSAIDs reduce pain by blocking production of these chemicals, but this can also reduce protection for the stomach lining. This increases risk for stomach conditions, such as stomach bleeding and irritation.