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How do topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help in treating arthritis?

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NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are commonly taken by mouth to relieve arthritis pain. Arthritis creams consisting of NSAIDs, commonly used in other countries, are starting to become available in the U.S.

Although studies show topical NSAIDs give short-term relief only, it is likely that the topical route is safer than taking NSAIDs by mouth. You can get several products by prescription.

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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