Just thought I'd post this info that came to me. Hope it is helpful. Lanie ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS MAY DAMAGE INTESTINE A study using a capsule-size camera reveals non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may cause more damage to the intes- tine than previously thought. Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston reported at the Digestive Disease Week 2003 conference in Orlando their study using capsule endoscopy detected NSAIDs-related injury in the small bowel, an area of the gastrointestinal tract unreach- able by other diagnostic tools such as endoscopes. In their tests, a pill containing a tiny camera that is swallowed by the patient detected small bowel erosions in 62 percent of NSAID users compared to 5 percent of non-users. "More than 100 million prescriptions for NSAIDS are written annually in the United States," said lead author Dr. David Graham, professor of medicine and molecular virology at Baylor and chief of the gastroenterology section of Houston VA Medical Center. "The study shows that the pa- tients who take NSAIDs regularly have an increased risk of small intestinal mucosal ulceration and bleeding." NSAIDs reduce pain and inflammation by affecting chemicals in the body. The same chemicals also are in the stomach, where NSAIDs can cause indigestion, and possibly ulcera- tion, Graham said.