Arthritis Drugs - Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?
Research is always ongoing into new and better medications for arthritis which is a very good thing. But where is all this leading us?
- Of course we need effective pain medication for arthritis to enable sufferers to live normal lives.
- But are all these expensive medications controlling the disease or simply masking the symptoms?
Here's a "quick and dirty" lowdown on what's currently available both "over the counter" (OTC) as well as on prescription only.
For Mild Situations of Arthritis -
Some milder cases of arthritis never make it into the doctor's surgery. Indeed the sufferer might not even be aware that they are suffering from arthritis at all. They may be feeling a few aches and pains" that they put down to senior years or even the cold damp weather.
- That may be all well and good, but even OTC medications can be dangerous if taken over a long period of time.
- The idea of more will be better" can also happen when the pain gradually becomes worse.
- This can lead to serious side effects.
- OTC medications include aspirin and ibuprofen.
- These kinds of medicines can cause intestinal bleeding and kidney damage in large doses.
- Aspirin also destroys vitamin C in the body leading to lower immunity.
For Heightened Arthritis-
By this particular stage most people have consulted their doctor. Prescription medication at this stage normally consists of theNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or perhaps NSAIDS. These do target the pain and swelling of arthritis symptoms but have a range of side effects including stomach upset, abdominal pain, and ulcers.
People with high blood pressure, those with kidney difficulties and especially people who have heart problems are especially at risk with NSAIDS.
- Enter the COX-2 inhibitors.
- These have been designed for people whose stomach problems can't tolerate the above mentioned.
- Unfortunately the risks remain for chest pain, heart attack and stroke victims.
For Advanced Arthritis-
For those suffering extreme pain and swelling the medical profession brings out the heavy artillery - Corticosteroids. These types of drugs contain synthetic cortisone and can be injected directly into the affected joints or taken orally.
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- Long term use of these may produce sleep problems, weight gain, osteoporosis and loss of immunity.
- Conveniently obtainable to those for whom nothing else seems to work are Biologic Response ModifiersBiologics).
- Biologics are derived from live options, plants and animals and are not necessarily manufactured chemically.
- They are mainly used for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis and are given intravenously or by injection.
- They cannot be used tablet form.
- Biologics suppress the immune system which usually leaves people prone to infections.
- They are also very expensive and can't be stored without freezing.
Also available mainly to Rheumatoid Arthritis victims areDisease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) These work by stopping the immune system from attacking the joints. DMARDS may take up to three months to reduce symptoms however they do help to stop joint damage although they can not repair any earlier damage.
- Although these drugs are a boon to many, they work primarily at hiding the symptoms of arthritis and can't reverse the damage already caused.
- Most people thinks this really is impossible, it isn't!
Natural treatments for arthritis are available and can significantly stop some cases of arthritis, relieve pain and inflammation and in some cases, reverse joint damage.
Definitely Worth a Try!
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