Will Biofreeze Work for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Common treatment options to help relieve pain in RA

Biofreeze is not the common choice to cope with pain due to RA. Instead, your doctor is more likely to prescribe one or some of the following medicines.

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NSAIDs

These medicines stand for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. For RA, there are two major choices:

  1. Traditional NSAIDs. These include diclofenac, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
  2. COX-2 inhibitor, like etoricoxib or celecoxib.

These medicines primarily provide two major benefits for RA, reducing inflammation and relieving the pain. But they are not intended to stop RA getting worse overtime.

The potential side effects include the risk of gestational problems like internal bleeding. The reason of this risk is because the medicine could penetrate and break down the lining that has function to protect the gastric (stomach) against potential damage from too high stomach acids.

For more advice about the best kind of NSAID you should take, the potential risks, and benefits – consult more with your doctor!

In addition, if your doctor prescribes an NSAID tablet, it is usually prescribed with another medicine to reduce the amount of stomach acid. One of common choices is PPI (proton pump inhibitor). This option is intended to reduce the risk of damage to the lining of your stomach.

Painkillers

As the name implies, they are intended to help relieve the pain. Paracetamol is the common choice. It may also be prescribed with codeine, another common choice of painkiller.

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They don’t target the underlying inflammation of your RA, but they may be helpful enough to relieve the pain.

They are more likely to be used for temporary option. For instance, you may be prescribed to take them when waiting to see a specialist.

The use of corticosteroids

They work powerful enough to treat pain, inflammation, and stiffness due to RA. There are several options of how you take them, these include; taking orally (used as a tablet), directly injected into the affected joint, or injected into the muscles.

Corticosteroids can help provide short-term pain relief. However, they are not recommended to be taken for long term use since they could carry the risk of serious side effects. These may include muscle weakness, skin thinning, osteoporosis (weakening bone), easy bruising, or weight gain.

Generally, the benefits of using each medicine to relieve RA pain should outweigh the potential side effects. Again for more advice, talk to your doctor!

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