Medically known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, NSAIDs (en-sayds) are basically one of the most commonly requested and prescribed medications for arthritis. Being so common, it’s no wonder that NSAIDs are now made available over the counter anywhere in the United States and other areas in the world. In fact, you can find them even at the local store near your place.
The good thing about the NSAIDs is that they are proven to be highly effective in relieving pains, redness, and swelling brought by arthritis. It is for this reason basically that they are labeled by most drugstores as anti-inflammatory.
How the NSAIDs work?
Unlike the steroid drugs, the anti-inflammatory NSAIDs function basically for one main purpose – to block all the possible effects that cyclooxygenase can bring. Cyclooxygenase is actually an enzyme that plays a critical role in the production of prostaglandins in your body. The prostaglandins are the bodily elements that trigger swelling and pain to occur especially when arthritis is left ignored. So when the NSAIDs are applied to the patient, the tendency is that the anti-inflammatory effects of this treatment will work to hinder the actions and effects produced by the cyclooxygenase. As a result, the production of prostaglandins is reduced, then alleviating the pain and swelling brought by the condition.
Simple, isn’t it? Well, there is more to be noted about how the NSAID works. It is further interesting to know that this treatment works to eliminate only the unnecessary prostaglandins. The rest is left to help protect the stomach with the production of a protective fluid, known in the medical field as gastric mucosa. This is important in the system since it works to help you free from developing ulcers, which is but another serious medical condition affecting millions, even billions, of people in the whole world.
It is important to note that although the NSAIDs are proven effective for alleviating the joint inflammation, this treatment for arthritis is also noted for its side effects. The most common in the line is the stomach irritation which tends to be serious. As what experts often say, this irritation is produced probably because of the effects brought by the treatment itself into the lining of the stomach. The real problem here is that when the irritation gets worse, chances are the patient will experience and endure bleeding ulcers and some potential complications that this condition may offer.
Given that fact, it is always important for every arthritic patient to consult with their doctors first to determine the severity of the condition. It is also a rule of thumb for every concerned person to tell the doctor everything about the symptoms of arthritis that he or she has been experiencing. Included in this rule is the revelation of the possible medications that the patient has been taking. This is so necessary since NSAIDs may react to certain medications you probably have been taking for days already.
In addition, there are some important things to note when considering NSAIDs. The first holds the conditions that this arthritis treatment should not be taken, and this include when you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking blood thinning solution, and has a history of stomach ulcers, whether mild or severe.
The second thing to note, on the other hand, covers the conditions that NSAIDs should only be employed with close guidance. This includes when you have heart problems, asthma, kidney, and liver complications.
Several new studies and researches are now further handled to determine in close details the effectiveness and reliability of the above mentioned top three newest solutions to arthritis. There are some also that are performed to see the possible treatment options of the future, although this view is still unclear. But as far as I know, experts working on the field of science and medicine are now opting to study the biochemical properties of the cells present on the joint cartilage. There are also some who are thinking about cartilage replacements, but the achievement of these planned solutions is still not known.
With such solutions still left unproved and unsupported, there’s nothing better for every arthritis patient to do now than to rely and be contented only with what have been previously established. It’s not bad to look for new ways to treat arthritis, but it is always important to make sure that whatever you may be are thinking of considering really suits your needs and can possibly answer your calls.