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Posts Tagged ‘nsaids’

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.



Clotting Problems

Clotting Problems

NSAID use can interfere with the clotting of blood.  This series of blog posts is about the possible side effects associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat knee osteoarthritis.

If the efficiency of your body’s ability to clot blood is affected you may bruise easily or have trouble stopping bleeding if you are cut or lacerated.

A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery concluded that neoprene knee sleeves can reduce pain and increase function in a knee with osteoarthritis more effectively than NSAIDs.



Fluid Retention

Fluid Retention

Observable swelling from fluid retention in the tissues of your body is called edema.  Edema is a possible side effect from using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the osteoarthritis in your knee.  The swelling is most common in the feet and ankles.

Swollen ankles can also be a symptom of heart, kidney, and respiratory problems.  Edema can be the sign of a serious medical condition.  Since NSAID use can also result in serious heart, kidney, and respiratory problems, consult your physician immediately is your ankles swell unexpectedly.



Changes in Vision

Changes in Vision

Using NSAIDs to treat the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee can lead to changes in your vision.  Some of the more commonly reported vision problems are:

  • Double Vision
  • Color Perception Irregularities
  • Night Blindness
  • Decreased Vision
  • Eye Pain
  • Eye Irritation
  • Blindness

That’s an awful lot to worry about.  Why not try a joint health supplement?  The worst side-effect of Cosamin DS is gas.