There’s no doubt about it, arthritis is a painful condition. Typically, and regrettably, it’s incurable. Due to this, OTC Drugs are often integrated into the treatment of arthritic symptoms. While it is common knowledge that prescription drugs often have negative side effects, new research shows over-the-counter pills can exhibit such ill effects as well.
The drugs under study were typical NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) taken by arthritis patients (i.e. ibuprofen). 350,000 people taking these drugs for arthritis relief were monitored during the study. Shockingly, results showed that those patients taking higher doses of NSAIDs were raising their risk of heart attack or stroke by as much as 40 percent!
The researchers that conducted the study at the University of Oxford recommended patients consider the risks associated with taking any type of drug. It’s a matter of weighing the pros and cons. Some people depend on OTC medications to reduce pain and improve mobility, whereas others take the drugs for more preventative measures.
Frequently, alternative treatments can provide as much, if not more, relief than drugs alone. Natural means of treatment are also far less risky than taking drugs, whether they be prescribed or over-the-counter. An all natural joint supplement can be effective in combating joint pain while minimizing the risk to your health.
If NSAIDs are an integral part of your regimen for treating joint pain, doses should be administered at the lowest recommended levels, and only when necessary as to avoid any health consequences. Tapering your use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs and eventually substituting them with healthier means of treatment, may not only work better, but can reduce your risk of heart and brain complication in the long run.
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