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ARTHRITIS MEDICATIONS

As noted in a previous article, Pain, Pain Go Away, the book "Arthritis for Dummies" lists five (5) main classes of medications that are currently prescribed for the relief of Arthritis....Analgesics, NSAIDs, Corticosteroids, DMARDS, and BRMs All, except some Analgesics, are prescription drugs. All are helpful, all have side effects. Here is a closer look......

Note... the information contained herein compiled from the following web-sites... About.com, medical-dictionary, arthritis.webmd.com, www.netplaces.com, orthoinfo.aaos.org, and wikipedia.org

ANALGESICS

Analygesics are medicines that relieve pain. There are two (2) primary classes Narcotics and Acetaminophen(non-narcotics)

Narcotics

Narcotic analgesics are used for severe and chronic pain. They are derived from opium, and include morphine, codeine and other types, such as Demerol and Darvon.All narcotic analgesics are addictive , and are controlled by state and federal laws.Adverse effects are dose related. Side effects include addiction, constipation and respiratory depression.

Acetaminophen - Non-narcotics

Acetaminophens are popular and are the most commonly used over-the-counter analgesics.Acetaminophens are found in more than 600 over-the-counter medications.They are effective for mild to moderate pain relief and are relatively inexpensive. However acetaminophens must be used as proscribed on the label, otherwise serious side effects can occur.... particularly liver damage.

CORTICOSTEROIDS

Corticosteroids are used to control inflammation in types of arthritis characterized by joint inflammation or systematic inflammation.Corticosteroids block substances that trigger allergic reactions or inflammatory responses.Corticosteroids can interfere with the function of white blood cells and can compromise its important immune-system function, thereby increasing the risk of infection.

In the 1990's, corticosteroids produced what seemed to be miraculous relief in those who were given daily injections. It was thought to be the "cure", but at high doses or during long-term use, significant side effects developed. Sudden withdrawal can be life threatening...reduce administration only under the care of a physician...gradually, to allow natural steroid production by the adrenal glands to resume.

NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

Anti-inflammatory pills are among the most common pain relievers in the world.They are the most prescribed medications for treating a variety of conditions including arthritis. Not only do they reduce pain and inflammation, they reduce fever and swelling, and with aspirin, they prevent blood clotting.

NAISDs work by preventing enzymes (a protein that triggers changes in the body) from doing its job. Those enzymes play a key role in making postaglandins.By blocking these enzymes (Cox 1 and Cox 2) NSAIDs stop the making of sufficent amounts of prostglandins. Cox 1 enzymes protect the stomach lining from harsh acids and digestive chemicals. They also help to maintain the kidney function. The Cox 2 enzyme is produced when joints are injured or inflamed and help to ease the pain and reduce the inflammation. Side effects of Cox 2 inhibitors include nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain and have been linked to increased risks of heart attacks and strokes.Because of these risks, two drugs...Vioxx and Bextra... have been taken off the market. As with all medicines, doctor supervision is needed.

DMARDs (Disease modifying antirhuematic drugs)

DMARDs are drugs that reduce the rate of damage to bone and cartilage.In order to be effective, DMARDs must be administered before deformities appear or erosive damage occurs. Methotrexate, Sulphasalazine and Leflunomide are but a few of the drugs.The most important side effects relate to liver and marrow toxicity.

BRMs (Biological respose modifiers)

BRMs are new drugs used for the treatment of rhuematoid arthritis, mainly to reduce inflammation.BRMS are substances that the human body produces naturally that arouse the body's response to an infection.

These drugs must be administered under medical supervision through infusion or injection. And they are expensive.

Yours in good health,

Frank

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