Medindia

X

The Effectiveness Of NSAIDs Evaluated

by Medindia Content Team on  November 27, 2004 at 1:32 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Effectiveness Of NSAIDs Evaluated
Consuming over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills, will not do much to relieve knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, say researchers who analyzed the results of 23 studies comparing the drugs to placebos.
Advertisement

The study involved nearly 10,900 patients. About 7,800 received NSAIDs, and around 3,000 received placebos. The average age of people in the studies was 62 and most had been experiencing symptoms for about eight years. Since long-term use of NSAID drugs has been linked to serious side effects in the elderly, including gastrointestinal bleeding, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and kidney failure, the investigators conclude the drugs should not be used for long-term pain relief.

Advertisement
In conclusion researchers say NSAIDs can reduce short-term pain in osteoarthritis of the knee slightly better than placebo, but the current analysis does not support long-term use of NSAIDs for this condition as serious adverse effects are associated with oral NSAIDs, they recommend only limited use .
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All

More News on: