No Cure Exists for Arthritis In Western Medicine
- No Cure or Real Relief Exists in Rx Medicine for Arthritis
That is why medical doctors fall back upon their most common weapon to manage the disease: their Rx (prescription) pads.
Perhaps you or a loved one use prescribed or over-the-counter drugs for arthritis symptoms.
The Big Q: Should you be worried?
The Big A: Adverse drug reactions are the 4th leading cause of death in the US.
And drugs for pain and inflammation are some of the worst offenders.
Here are just a few problems associated with common arthritis drugs: NSAIDs can cause stomach ulcers, liver or kidney failure, and increase the risk for blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. The risk of serious bleeding is even higher in people over the age of 60.
Many people take an aspirin a day, thinking it is safe. However, aspirin carries the same side effects as other NSAIDs, including GI bleeding.
In addition, aspirin can deplete the body of many needed vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, Vitamin C, folic acid, zinc, and iron.
It can cause a long list of side effects, including bleeding in the stomach or GI tract, mouth sores, liver damage, even an overall “mentally blah” feeling called “methotrexate fog.”
Prednisone, a powerful steroid medication, has a lengthy list of potential side effects, including GI bleeding, diabetes, osteoporosis, infections, mood changes, and a form of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Since biologic drugs suppress the immune system, they can increase your risk of infections and other diseases, including pneumonia.
Among those other side effects, they have been linked to depression and the development of cancer, particularly lymphoma.
Common side effects include tremors, shortness of breath, and forgetfulness. Others include infection and a cancer known as hemangiosarcoma. Pregabalin may also cause suicidal thoughts and behavior, panic attacks, and aggressive behavior.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These include over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescribed drugs such as celecoxib (Celebrex) and piroxicam (Feldene). Aspirin, the oldest analgesic on the market, is also an NSAID.
- Methotrexate. This is a chemotherapy drug doctors also prescribe for arthritis.
- Prednisone. This is a commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory corticosteroid drug.
- Biologic agents such as Humira and Enbrel. These expensive drugs are usually given intravenously or by injection.
- Pregabalin (Lyrica). This anti-epilepsy and anticonvulsant drug is frequently used to treat fibromyalgia.
These are only a small sample of the many arthritis drugs on the market, all of which have serious side effects.
Some drugs, such as tramadol and narcotic painkillers, including hydrocodone. even carry the potential for drug addiction.
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