Customized Arthritis Treatments

Customized Arthritis Treatments

One out of six Americans has some form of arthritis and related joint ailments. The symptoms include joint pain, lack of mobility, swelling, and in extreme cases, paralysis. The two most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These ailments represent the largest of the more than 100 types of arthritis. OA affects more than 20 million Americans. OA begins as a break-down of cartilage in the joints and results in stiffness and joint pain. Most common locations for OA are the fingers, hips, and knees. RA describes the inflammation of the lining of different joints all over the body. RA may even be located in areas like the blood, lungs and the heart. RA causes pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and often a warm feeling in the affected areas.

Arthritis does not mean inactivity. With a customized treatment regimen, patients can lead active lives. The proper combination of pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and exercise can be the key to controlling and living with this serious disease.

Your local compounding pharmacist can help develop and implement a comprehensive program to help you live with arthritis. See your pharmacist today and ask if a customized approach to arthritis treatment is right for you.

Arthritis and related diseases can severely curtail physical activity and lead to many other health related problems. Lack of activity, for example, can lead to obesity, heart problems and other serious side effects.

Treatments can often be prescribed to help minimize the pain, reduce joint swelling and improve mobility. Some of the common types of manufactured medications include the traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs. These include aspirin, Motrin©, Advil©, Aleve© and the like.

Selective COX-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex©, Vioxx© and Bextra©) selectively block the inflammation-producing enzyme, COX-2. (We offer alternatives to these medications; also see Natural Health Store and call for more information.)

Analgesics are also available in various forms to help with pain management with Codeine©, Oxycontin© and Darvon©.

Many pain medications have distinct side effects or may conflict with other medicines when taken together. With the vast numbers of possible manufactured and compounded products available, it is advisable to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

Your compounding pharmacist can help you identify the best possible treatments for the various forms of arthritis. And, since arthritis can be present in many different parts of the body, they can help create a treatment that addresses the different locations where the disease may appear. Working with your doctor and physical therapist, your pharmacist can create customized treatments designed to manage specific ailments and minimize discomfort.

Types of compounded medications that are available include:

Prescription Products
• Capsaicin 0.075% Topical Spray
• Capsicum and Capsaicin Formulas
• DMSO 70% Topical Solution
• Glucosamine Hydrochloride 600 mg Capsules
• Indomethacin 4 % Topical Spray
• Methotrexate 2.5 mg/dl Oral Liquid
• Ultrasonic Preparations for Arthritis

Non-prescription Treatments
• Glucosamine Arthritis Gel