Arthritis medications

If you suffer from arthritis, then you should educate yourself about the different medications that can help you to ease the pain. There are two main groups of medications: those that can be bought with a doctor’s prescription only, and those that do not require a prescription. The latter group is also often referred to as “over-the-counter” medications. However, before making a choice, you should know that using any over-the-counter medications for a long time without consulting with your physician can be dangerous, and may result in negative effects on your health.

Ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are the most widespread medications that can be bought without prescriptions. You should be aware of the fact that if you do not know exactly how to use these products, you may suffer from stomach and liver disorders. There are also many other potential negative effects from the misuse of these drugs that can result in damage to organs such as the kidneys, liver, and others. On the other hand, if you use them properly, they can help you to fight many diseases, including arthritis.

The main aim of any anti-arthritis medication is to bring pain relief, help with arthritic inflammation and reduce fever. Some of medications that can be bought without a prescription contain acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an analgesic drug used to treat arthritis and a number of other diseases. It helps to reduce fever, often as an alternative to aspirin. However, you should be very careful with this drug, as noted above, and be sure not to exceed the recommended dosage.

If your case of arthritis is not severe, and you suffer mainly from painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints, then you can try topical pain relievers. These medications usually come in the form of creams, gels or salves. Their most important compound is capsaicin, which is derived from hot peppers, and is responsible for the pungency of capsicums.

Other topical pain relievers include oils such as camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol. These painkillers include brand names such as Arthricare, Icy Hot, and Eucalyptamint.

Another very active ingredient that helps to bring pain relief is salicylate. Salicylate is a bitter compound present in certain plants, and is found in such brand-name pain relievers as Ben Gay, Aspercreme, and Flexall.

Relaxation Tips
You might assume there is little connection between relaxation and arthritis; however, there is a connection, and it is a strong one. In the past, relaxation techniques have been very much underestimated as a possible treatment for arthritis. Relaxation, including meditation, is extremely important for our bodies and it can bring many more benefits than people once believed. Proper relaxation techniques can help to cure a number of different health disorders, and arthritis is no exception.

The main aim of relaxation is to reduce stress. It is a widely known fact that stress is the cause of many diseases. Trying to calm yourself down, to release the strength of your spirit, can help you to fight many diseases.

There are many forms of relaxation. Meditation is one, and prayer is yet another. If you are religious, then a strong belief in your faith can help you. There have been many cases in history where people have drawn great strength from their spiritual beliefs.

You can also try such forms of relaxation as hypnosis. Hypnosis refers to the induction of a state of consciousness in which you apparently lose the power of voluntary action and become highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Hypnosis is often used in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion, but it may also be used to help treat certain diseases.

If you suffer from a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas, such as fibromyalgia, then relaxation can be extremely helpful. This disease is aggravated by such factors as stress and depression, which in turn lead to a lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life, severe despondency and dejection. However, if you begin to exercise various relaxation techniques, you can successfully battle this disease.

You may also want to start yoga classes, especially those that incorporate meditation and exercise. Any or all of these techniques can be very helpful and can assist you in your fight against arthritis.


Last updated on Mar 14th, 2009 and filed under Drugs and Medications, Musculoskeletal Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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