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Is Aulin safe for long term use?

Q: I am using Aulin for headaches quite often, about 3-4 a week. Is there any risk with this? I have been using this since nearly 5 years and each time I use it, I have no more headache.

A:Aulin is the brand name of a medicine called nimesulide. It was discovered by an American company called 3M Pharmaceuticals but is not approved for use in the United States. It has pretty serious side effects on the liver. In some countries where it is available, the drug is to be used only in osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhoea (in females for short period) and acute pain (for short duration).

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