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Arthritis Medication – Do’s and Don’ts

There are lots of different medications around for the relief of arthritis pain and although the majority of them are completely safe with no risk of side effects you can never be too sure. That’s why it’s important to talk with your doctor about a medication plan suitable for your arthritis pain symptoms. It is recommended that you consult a specialist if you are suffering from chronic joint pain. Do not self medicate and avoid to use over the counter pain medication.

Arthritis Medication and Management

Arthritis Medication Do’s

  • In the first instance if you only suffer from mild pain on the odd occasion, then medication might not be needed at all. You will probably find that by resting the joint and applying either hot or cold (hot will relieve stiff or aching joints and muscles, cold will relieve pain) you will be able to manage quite well without medication.
  •  Occasional pain which is a little more painful, might call for you to take a little over the pain relief medication. Crocin tablets are quite capable of dealing with occasional pain which may have been triggered by a little unusual activity.
  •  Ibuprofen or Naproxen might be needed to help fight prolonged periods of pain. Ibuprofen will not only fight the pain but also help to reduce inflammation, aspirin will fight the pain but do nothing for the inflammation. Never exceed the recommended dose on the packet.
  •  If you’re going to tackle an activity which you kind of know is going to result in pain, then take an ibuprofen or similar a couple of hours before you start the activity.
  • If none of these medications can help with your pain relief then it really is time to pay a visit to the doctor.

Arthritis Medication Don’ts

  • Don’t ignore prolonged arthritis pain and symptoms hoping that they’ll just go away, you could already have joint damage which needs medication.
  • Don’t overdo the over the counter medications. If you find that you’re taking this type of pain relief very frequently then it’s time to speak with your doctor.
  • Don’t only think about the pain. One other very common problem with people who suffer from arthritis is depression, and by treating the depression with anti depressants or other therapies this can also help with arthritis pain.