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Can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help treat osteoarthritis (OA)?

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NSAIDs are commonly recommended for arthritis pain relief. They are available over the counter and by prescription. Over-the-counter NSAIDs help relieve pain but do not have a significant effect on inflammation and swelling at these lower doses. NSAIDs available over the counter include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 09, 2017

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