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 conditions.
- 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 is actually better" also can happen when the pain gradually becomes worse.
- This can lead to serious side effects.
- OTC medications include aspirin and also ibuprofen.
- These types of drugs can cause intestinal bleeding and kidney damage in large doses.
- Aspirin also damages vitamin C in the body leading to lower immunity.
For Tough One Arthritis-
By this particular stage almost everyone has consulted their doctor. Prescription medication during this period normally consists of theNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. These do target the pain and inflammation 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 problems 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 cannot endure the above mentioned.
- Unfortunately the risks stay for chest pain, heart attack and stroke victims.
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For Advanced Arthritis-
For those suffering extreme pain and swelling the medical profession brings out the heavy artillery - Corticosteroids. These drugs contain manufactured cortisone and can be injected directly into the affected joints or taken orally.
- Long term use of these can produce sleep problems, weight gain, osteoporosis and loss of immunity.
- Available too to those for whom nothing else seems to work are usually Biologic Response ModifiersBiologics).
- Biologics are derived from live sources, 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 can not be drawn in tablet form.
- Biologics suppress the immune system that 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 even though they cannot repair virtually any previous damage.
- Although these drugs are a boon to many, they work mainly at covering up the symptoms of arthritis and can't reverse the damage already brought on.
- Most people thinks this really is impossible, it isn't!
Natural treatments for arthritis do exist and can significantly stop some cases of arthritis, relieve pain and inflammation and in some cases, reverse joint damage.
Definitely Worth a Try!
About the author:Find away about the healthy way to take care of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and fibromylagia. Visit: http://www.natural-arthritis-medication.com and sign up for our part course. Wendy Owen is actually a health investigator and author.