There are many drugs for osteoarthritis. Some are available over the counter whilst other need a prescription from Doctor. It never ceases to amaze me how many healthcare professionals give patients these drugs where there is little proof they actually help much. Equally it never ceases to amaze me how many people carry on taking these drugs even when they get really nasty side effects. Often they don’t help much with the symptoms but I hear so often from people who are scared to come off them as “They MAY be helping but I am not sure.”
Take diacerein (also known as diacetylrhein) for example. This is a drug presribed by many Doctors for the treatment of osteoarthritis. It is based on a Cochrane review for drugs for osteoarthritis in 2005 which found diacerein to be slightly, but significantly, more effective than placebo in improving pain and slowing the progress of osteoarthritis in the hip.
Yes you read that right. It is SLIGHTLY better than taking a sugar pill but the Doctors still hand them out like candy!
Anyway this week OnMedica reported the following:
The European drugs regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has concluded that the benefits of diacerein do not trump its side effects, particularly the risk of severe diarrhoea and potentially harmful effects on the liver.
This joins the ever increasing list of drugs for osteoarthritis that are now banned due to the horrific side effects. Drugs such as Lumiracoxib, Rofecoxib, Valdecoxib, Celebrex, Indoprofen and Zomepirac were all given to OA sufferers to use as long term medications.
Personally I think that is the crux of the matter as they are not designed to be taken for months, let alone for years. NONE of these drugs actually CURE the condition. All they do is mask the symptoms and so you have to take them in ever increasing doses to maintain the relief. This literally can be you taking your life in your hands as few pain killing medications are safe for long term use.
Should You Take Drugs for Osteoarthritis ?
I am not saying don’t use them. What I am saying is you need to use them prudentially. This is why I have a chapter in my How to Treat Osteoarthritis Naturally on using pain medication. Many folks have asked why I include it but it is because I believe many of us need that bit more at times and I would rather they used drugs for osteoarthritis sensibly, i.e. when all natural treatments has failed.
However it makes sense to try natural treatments first as they are so much safer and are often just as effective. You can use ice or heat packs and massage for quick relief, use supplements and exercises for medium and long term relief to suggest but a few things.
You can learn to use these treatments effectively, plus tailor make yourself an exercise program by filling out the simple multiple choice questionnaire.
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