This made me mad when I read it! The FDA have approved a new drug for osteoarthritis but it is simply a non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) pill at a lower dose!
For years now they have been saying how dangerous it is to take NSAIDs in the long term but here they are approving another one! But that’s OK as the dose is lower then most probably the risks will be lower.
But they are only assuming the risks will be reduced by lowering the dose.
WE WILL BE THE GUINEA PIGS TO FIND OUT!
The manufacturers of Zorvolex put out a press release heralding their new wonder drug for osteoarthritis.
However they had to add the following says it all to me!
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
All prescription Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), like ZORVOLEX, may increase the chance of heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. This chance increases with higher doses of NSAID medicines; with longer use of NSAID medicines; or in people who have heart disease.
ZORVOLEX should not be used right before or after a certain heart surgery called a “coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).”
NSAID medicines can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and may cause death. The chance of a person having bleeding or getting an ulcer increases with higher doses or longer use of NSAID medicines, taking other medicines called “corticosteroids” and “anticoagulants”, smoking, drinking alcohol, older age, or having poor health.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, and about all of the medicines you take because NSAIDs and some other medicines can interact with each other and cause serious side effects.
ZORVOLEX should not be taken in late pregnancy.
Do not take ZORVOLEX if you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin, or any other NSAID medicine.
Life threatening allergic reactions can occur with ZORVOLEX. Get help right away if you’ve had swelling of the face or throat or trouble breathing.
Other serious side effects of NSAIDs include: high blood pressure, heart failure causing swelling (fluid retention), kidney problems including kidney failure, low red blood cells, life-threatening skin reactions, and liver problems including liver failure. The most common side effects reported in studies using ZORVOLEX were swelling, nausea, headache, dizziness, vomiting, constipation, itching, diarrhea, gas, leg or foot pain, abdominal pain, stuffy or runny nose, abnormal blood tests, high blood pressure, and heartburn.
ZORVOLEX should be used exactly as prescribed, at the lowest dose possible, and for the shortest time needed for your treatment.
These are not all the side effects reported with ZORVOLEX. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information about NSAID medicines. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Is this New Drug for Osteoarthritis is Worth the Risk?
Personally I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole!
Do I use drugs for osteoarthritis? Yes but never NSAIDs as the risk is simply too great. I occasionally (maybe 2 or 3 times a month?) use Panadiene which is a paracetamol and codeine mixture if I get really bad and if all my natural treatments have failed. A cold pack usually works pretty well for me as it is anatural anti-inflammatory treatment. You don’t need to take a pill which is what all the drug companies have us believing!
I have also started taking turmeric (Curcuma longa) lately along with my fish oil and that has definitely helped. Both of these are becoming well known now for it their anti-inflammatory properties. This study shows their pain killing effect was similar to aspirin.
Several of my readers have also tried and recommended Inflam Dr. by Native Remedies. I haven’t tried it yet but think I might give it a go when my current stock runs out. If you have tried it I would love to know what you think so please leave a comment below.
Best of all it doesn’t come with a list of warnings like this Zorvolex!