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Arthritis can be a difficult disease to manage. The joint pain and inflammation can be can be debilitating, and those in advanced stages of the disease, particularly those with rheumatoid arthritis, find deformation of the hands and feet to be life-altering.
Several types of medications have been developed over the years to reduce pain and inflammation and to minimize joint damage, but the side effects of these powerful drugs can be just as devastating as the disease itself.
Below are four types of arthritis drugs and their side effects.
Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
DMARDs will often be the first medication prescribed for arthritis patients. They can help to slow the progression of the disease and help put it into remission.
Since the drugs interrupt normal immune functioning, to reduce inflammation, complications can be quite serious. Common side effects include fever, diarrhea, low white blood cell count, fatigue, skin rash, hair loss, high blood pressure and abdominal pain.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications (NSAIDs)
While NSAIDs can be very effective for reducing inflammation and joint discomfort, the side effects can be severe. Vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn and abdominal cramps are commonly associated with these potent medications.
NSAIDs are also not able to reverse or reduce joint damage, so they are typically combined with other medications, which can lead to additional unwanted side effects. In addition they are hard on the liver and kidneys and responsible for and can induce two kinds of acute kidney injury.
Biologic Response Modifiers
Biologics can't cure arthritis, but they have been shown to slow its progress throughout the body. They can have many side effects including nausea, coughing, headaches, chest pain, respiratory infections, itchiness, hives and even seizures. But the worst complications -- though rare -- are the development of serious infections and diseases like Lupus, Tuberculosis, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Analgesics are powerful drugs for pain relief. Some of these drugs are actually classified as narcotics, and they can be extremely harmful for any patient with a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, constipation, increased sweating, nausea and shortness of breath.
Safe Alternatives to Prescription Medications for Arthritis
Because of these unwanted side effects, many sufferers have been looking to alternative treatments for relief without complications.
Naural topical pain relief creams can provide relief from inflammation and joint pain. Super Blue Stuff OTC and Super White Stuff OTC are safe with continuous use and proved relief in as fast as 5 minutes. Supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin have also produced positive results, but the type of glucosamine used seems to be a factor, as some types are much more effective than others. Such as the glucosomine sulfate used in Joint Support by Blue Spring.
Weight loss is helpful because a lower body weight puts less pressure and strain on the joints. Mild exercise can also be helpful, as can assistive devices such as canes and walkers.
When you need a boost of relief to fight pain relief, turn to the natural alternative Menthol Spray Booster. This lightweight spray can be used alone or layered with Super Blue Stuff OTC. It features the power of menthol, the same active ingredient in Super Blue Stuff. The lightweight spray is absorbed quickly and is non-greasy. It’s the perfect solution for stubborn pain.