Arthritis can be of different types but the most common ones include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Patients afflicted with arthritis can find it difficult to move with ease. Mobility is also curtailed to a great extent.
It is essential to treat arthritis properly so that mobility can be maintained throughout the sufferer’s life. It has been observed that people who exhibit early symptoms of arthritis often try to self treat making use of the topical creams, OTC medications, or traditional measures like heat and ice.
Even if the above measures provide you relief initially, it is recommended that you consult your doctor if you experience symptoms like swelling, joint pain, or stiffness that continue for 2 or more weeks. This will enable your doctor to diagnose arthritis in its early stage and begin its treatment.
Early treatment can help you to reduce the arthritis symptoms, slow down the development of arthritis, preserve the joint functions, minimize deformities and the damage caused to the joints and maintain mobility.
Nowadays, several drugs are used to treat the pain and inflammation related with arthritis. Moderately safe medications to treat arthritis include aspirin and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, naproxen and dicolfenac. These medicines produce immediate analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on the patients and give considerable relief.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment includes prescription drugs like gold, azathioprine, hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate and sulfasalazine. Though these medicines do not produce immediate analgesic effects, they can manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and may perhaps slow progression of the disease.
But these second-line drugs can also cause serious side effects and may also lose their efficacy over time. NSAIDs are generally taken along with the second-line drugs and these medicines may take months to provide you significant benefit.
High doses of aspirin is comparatively cheaper option and as effective as any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis treatment but some patients are unable to tolerate its gastrointestinal toxicity. In some cases, aspirin can also cause severe bleeding, which may persist for 4 to 7 days after the discontinuance of the drug.