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How do salicylates help in treating arthritis?

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Some arthritis creams contain salicylates, compounds related to aspirin. Using salicylates on the skin may help you avoid most of the side effects of taking aspirin by mouth, but how well it works to relieve pain is unclear. Some brand names include Aspercreme, Bengay, Flexall, and Sportscreme.

From: Arthritis Creams and Patches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A 2004. Towheed, T. . 2006. Fidelix, T. 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005.  . Current Medical Research and Opinion,Journal of RheumatologyCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

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SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A 2004. Towheed, T. . 2006. Fidelix, T. 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005.  . Current Medical Research and Opinion,Journal of RheumatologyCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

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