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How do NSAIDs treat ankylosing spondylitis?

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They help relieve your inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swelling. Examples include:

  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Diclofenac/Misoprostol (Arthrotec)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
  • Indomethacin (Tivorbex)
  • Meloxicam (Mobic)
  • Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)

Still, NSAIDs do not treat the problems with your immune system when you have ankylosing spondylitis. Those are the problems that cause damage to your joints and bones.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

Spondylitis Association of America: “Medications Used to Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis and Related Diseases.”

Sieper, J. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Published online 2009.

Spondylitis Association of America: “Alternative Treatments.”

Harvard Medical School Patient Education Center: “Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

Arthritis Society of Canada: “Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 13, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

Spondylitis Association of America: “Medications Used to Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis and Related Diseases.”

Sieper, J. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Published online 2009.

Spondylitis Association of America: “Alternative Treatments.”

Harvard Medical School Patient Education Center: “Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

Arthritis Society of Canada: “Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 13, 2020

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