Medication Options for Arthritis Pain Relief
The choice of which medications to use to treat arthritis symptoms depends on the severity of the arthritis and which joints are affected. Regardless of the medication used to treat the pain and inflammation of arthritis, it is very important to monitor the treatment’s effectiveness. Starting a symptom diary is a useful way to compare symptoms before and after a treatment, and evaluate the benefits provided.
Acetaminophen works to relieve the pain associated with arthritis, but does not treat inflammation. Tablets or capsules usually contain between 325 mg – 650 mg of acetaminophen per tablet. Your pharmacist can help you select the right acetaminophen product as well as recommend the best dose and schedule for you.
Going Beyond the Pharmacy
Some osteoarthritis sufferers may explore treatment options that take them outside the pharmacy.
In some instances, your doctor may recommend and provide corticosteroid injections directly into affected joints. This treatment may be a short term solution for osteoarthritis in selected joints, as directed by your medical doctor.