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Health care professionals depend on good sources of information to keep up-to-date on evidence-based medicine. One of the most reliable publications comes from the Cochrane Collaboration . Everyone pays attention when they publish a study. The Cochrane Collaboration is a group of over 11,500 volunteers who systematically review all relevant randomized controlled trials on a specific topic. The people in the group are located in more than 90 countries. They also study the results of non-randomized, observational studies. The results of these systematic reviews are published in the Cochrane Library. In this study, the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for low back pain (LBP) was reviewed. The goals were to 1) look for effects of NSAIDs and 2) find out which type of NSAID works the best. Specifically, COX-2 inhibiting NSAIDs were considered. These drugs have a lower risk of gastrointestinal side effects. For this reason, they have recently become more popular than the trad...
Once you get a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the next thing that happens is usually that the doctor gives you a prescription for one or more medications. This can feel quite intimidating — what do the medications do? What about side effects? And wouldn’t it be better to not take pills? This is the first of a three-part series on RA medications. The posts will they explain the different types of medications, cover some common side effects and how to manage them, as well as talk about why taking medication is a good thing when you have RA.
What are NSAIDs?
NSAIDs is the abbreviation for the name nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs . These types of medications do exactly what that phrase describes: they are drugs that deal with inflammation, but which are not steroids.
There are many NSAIDs on the market. Some of the names you may recognize are Celebrex, naproxen, Voltaren, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Some NSAIDs are over-the-counter, some prescription and...
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...
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