NSAIDs, heat a dangerous combination, doctors say

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Washington-based doctors are warning people who are active outside as the temperatures rise to avoid certain types of pain medicine due to the risk of kidney problems.

In interviews with WTOP's Paula Wolfson, doctors say that playing sports or running outside in hot and humid conditions, as we've seen for the past several weeks in the D.C. area, and NSAIDs are a dangerous combination.

NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common, over-the-counter drugs that commonly treat normal aches and pains. Common types of NSAIDs include various brands of aspiring, Ibuprofen and Naproxin.

The combination of heat, dehydration and NSAIDs can lead to, among other ailments, kidney failure, doctors tell WTOP.

"Someone who goes out for a long run and perspires heavily...and then they ache all over and take a bunch of NSAIDs for those aches, runs the risk of developing kidney problems," MedStar Heart Institute executive director Dr. Stuart Seides told WTOP.

According to WebMD, there are several alternatives to NSAIDs for treatment of body aches and pains, including Tylenol.