Arthritis Pain Relief Through Medications: Exploring Your Options

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Arthritis is a widespread condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain and discomfort that can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are various medications available to help manage arthritis pain and improve daily functioning. The options might seem overwhelming, though. Here, the Arthritis Foundation offers some suggestions for meds that can be purchased at a local drug store or filled with a doctor’s prescription, whether your pain is caused by normal wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or inflammatory disease. Over-the-Counter Meds Some of the best over-the-counter (OTC) medications for controlling arthritis pain are acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and acetylsalicyclic acid (aspirin), better known by brand names like Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve or Anacin. Ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). While those are pills, it’s also possible to get an NSAID in topical form, like diclofenac gel (Voltaren). Other OTC creams for arthritis contain salicylate, capsaicin, camphor or menthol as the active ingredient. While acetaminophen (Tylenol) is often used to treat osteoarthritis, NSAIDs are typically used for both inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to the foundation. Acetaminophen offers only limited help with inflammatory arthritis because it doesn’t control the disease or prevent joint damage, the foundation...