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Osteoarthritis Treatment: Medicine

There are 10 Medicine treatments for Osteoarthritis.
Written by sshowalter.

There are a variety of medicines available to treat the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. You may have to try different medicines before you find the one that works best for you, with the least number of side effects.

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Effect of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Agents (NSAIDs) on Osteoarthritis

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help decrease inflammation, swelling, and joint pain which are the major symptoms of osteoarthritis. Many NSAIDs are available over-the-counter. You may...

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Effect of Cyclooxygenase-2 or COX-2 Inhibitors on Osteoarthritis

COX-2 inhibitors work in a way similar to NSAIDs, helping to decrease inflammation, swelling, and joint pain. In addition, they have the benefit of causing less stomach irritation. In particular,...

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Effect of Opioids on Osteoarthritis

Opioids describes a category of drugs that work by acting on the central nervous system to relieve pain. Opioids can be very effective but is known to possibly cause dependence.

Commonly prescribed...

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Effect of Antidepressants on Osteoarthritis

Antidepressants may also be prescribed for chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Cymbalta, or duloxetine, is the most commonly prescribed antidepressant for osteoarthritis.

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Effect of Acetaminophen on Osteoarthritis

Acetaminophen, the common brand name for which is Tylenol, can be helpful in relieving some of the pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Acetaminophen should be considered the first-line drug...

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Effect of Cayenne on Osteoarthritis

Capsaicin Cream, the common brand name for which is Zostrix, is a cream is a rubbed on the skin of an affected joint to relieve the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis.

Capsaicin cream is made...

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Effect of Surgical Interventions on Osteoarthritis

Surgical procedures are usually reserved for patients who have noted no improvement with medications or procedures.

Arthroscopy, Osteotomy, Arthroplasty, and Arthrodesis are the main surgical...

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Effect of Injections on Osteoarthritis

In some cases, the joint can be affected with a certain solution that can relieve some osteoarthritis symptoms.

Common injections are:

  • Corticosteroid Injections
  • Vicosupplementation

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Effect of Electromagnetic Field Therapy on Osteoarthritis

Long popular in Japan, magnet therapy has entered public awareness in the United States.

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