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Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) still remain one of the most commonly used drugs for joint pain from osteoarthritis (OA). Changes have come about over the years to improve these drugs. Reducing side effects such as stomach bleeds and kidney problems has brought a whole new generation of NSAIDs to the market. In this article, doctors from NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York review current trends with NSAID use. Choosing the right NSAID for each patient is the first step. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is still the first choice for mild OA. Tylenol is a pain reliever but not an NSAID. When Tylenol® is not effective, an NSAID may be needed to control pain and inflammation. Aspirin used to be the most popular NSAID. But aspirin use in some people can result in ulcers, GI bleeding, and kidney failure. Scientists discovered that certain enzymes called cyclooxygenase (COX) were part of the problem. A new group of NSAIDs was developed to inhibit or stop one specific enzyme (COX-2...
in The Daily Mail highlighted a study conducted by the
University of Tampere in Finland that suggests that men who take
daily doses of pain medications, including ibuprofen, are at a
higher risk of erectile dysfunction.
Urologist Dr. David Knowles comments on the study and tells us
what this research can reveal about the causes of erectile
Dr. David Knowles:
There is a new study out of University of Tampere in Finland
that came to the conclusion that Aspirin and other
anti-inflammatory medications are related to erectile dysfunction
(ED). This has made some people come to the assumption that these
medications may cause ED. This is NOT the case. This study was not
designed to determine a cause and effect. They simply collected
data to see if there were any associations. They found an
association between people who take these medications and ED. If
you think about this it makes great sense. The two most common
reasons to take aspirin and other anti-inflam...
Many chronic pain patients have been not been helped by traditional medical care. As a result, they have turned to alternative ways to deal with their pain. There isn't much evidence yet to support complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches. What do we know so far? In this report, researchers review all systematic reviews published about a wide range of CAM treatments. They searched seven different databases to find articles on any treatment-related topics on CAM. There were five systematic reviews that met the standard set of requirements for quality and design. Fifteen other trials also met the requirements to be included. Studies in all languages were accepted. All patients included had chronic neuropathic or neuralgic pain. This means the primary (main) area involved was the nervous system. For this study, nervous system referred to two parts: the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) or the peripheral nervous system (spinal nerves leaving the spinal cord). Pat...
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