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Indian pharmaceutical company Panacea Biotec recently announced
that it had secured a patent for the production of its popular
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Willgo, containing the
chemical compound nimesulide. The medication, which Panacea
introduced in 2004, relieves the chronic joint pain that is a
result of osteoarthritis, according to the company. Furthermore,
the medication is classified as Extended Release, which
means that it is designed to combat the many symptoms of
osteoarthritic joints over an extended period of time-- symptoms
that include stiffness, tenderness, swelling, as well as the
aforementioned joint pain. Panacea touts its ability to improve
functional mobility for the osteoarthritis patients who
For patients with chronic pain involving limited areas
of the body, they might not have to expose themselves to the toxicities of oral
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Motrin and Naproxen . These toxicities can lead
to stomach ulcers, high blood pressure , kidney problems and liver problems, to
name a few.
But now it is possible to rub an NSAID on the skin.
The United States Food and Drug Administration recently
approved Voltaren Gel as the first prescription skin gel to treat the pain of
osteoarthritis . The main ingredient in
this new gel is diclofenac, an NSAID that is the chief ingredient in Voltaren
Voltaren gel is used to treat joint pain in the hands,
wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet caused by osteoarthritis.
Voltaren Gel gives patients the ability to apply a topical
medication that can reduce pain, and yet is minimally absorbed
systemically. It appears that Voltaren
Gel works as well as Vol...
Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and swelling of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. NSAIDs come in prescription form (e.g. Celebrex, Mobic) and over the counter (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Studies have shown that about 30% of people with some form of arthritis use over-the-counter NSAIDs on a daily basis. Many other people take a combination of prescription and OTC NSAIDs daily to manage their pain, even though long term NSAID use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and overuse can lead to drug toxicity. A recent study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism found an association between dual use of NSAIDs and poorer health status. The study defined dual use as taking two NSAIDS, either prescription or OTC, at least twice a week during the month before the study survey was conducted. 182 patients in a managed care organization participated in the study. Of these patients, half had either rheumatoi...
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