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Taking Over the Counter Pain Relievers for Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain in the US, affecting over 30 Million adults. The first line of medication treatment recommended by physicians for osteoarthritis is either acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID).70% of people 65 and older take Over-the-Counter (OTC) pain relievers at least once a week.Studies show that after 2 weeks of regular use, they effectively reduce pain by 50% and increase mobility by 60%.They are inexpensive, relatively safe, and widely available.

You can purchase 3 types of NSAIDS at the drug store:ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve)and aspirin (Bayer/Bufferin). They are very effective to reduce pain, inflammation, and even fever.They do not cause the side effects of prescription pain relievers such as addiction, dizziness, sleepiness, or constipation.Because the over the counter doses are lower than prescription, they have less risk of stomach bleeds or cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes.…