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Table 1 Gastrointestinal complications in osteoarthritis versus rheumatoid arthritis

From: Balancing the gastrointestinal benefits and risks of nonselective NSAIDs

  OA hospitalizations RA hospitalizations RA deaths
Number of patients 1283 3883 2921
Person years of observation 3234 19,961 12,224
Person years taking NSAID 2199 15,638 8471
Number of GI events 19 228 25
Number of GI events while taking NSAID 16 205 19
Rates/year (%) while taking NSAID 0.73 1.31 0.22
Rates/year (%) while not taking NSAID 0.29 0.19 0.05
Relative risk while taking NSAID 2.51 6.77 4.21
  1. GI, gastrointestinal; NSAID, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; OA, osteoarthritis; RA, rheumatoid arthritis. Reproduced with permission from [6].