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About Aspirin and Arthritis

October 3, 2011
Aspirin

Aspirin

Aspirin helps reduce pain, swelling, and fever.  It is a medicine in the salicylates family of chemicals.  It may be one of the most famous and extensively studied medicines in the world.  Aspirin is often recommended, prescribed, and taken to treat the symptoms associated with joint pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are often confused for Aspirin.  They are close cousins, but not exactly siblings.  Ibuprofen is a non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID), and acetaminophen is in a class of medications called analgesics or pain relievers.

Some brand names you might recognize are below:

Aspirin:  Bufferin, Bayer, Ecotrin

Acetaminophen: Excedrin, Tylenol

NSAID:  Naproxen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin

Each class of arthritis treatment has pros, cons, and side effects.  it is important for your health that you consult with a physician to devise a treatment plan for your arthritis pain.  Self medicating may work at relieving joint pain on a short-term basis, but long term you can destroy your liver, stomach, or mental health with any or all of the above.



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