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Warning about Pain Relief Meds
Pain medications are often prescribed for all types of inflammation. And joint/muscle discomforts. Long-term use can lead to many complications. And can actually exacerbate the symptoms.
Natural supplements might not completely eliminate your pain. But they can greatly ease it. With no chance of addiction. But they have the added benefit of long term health. Prescription medications cannot provide that.
To alleviate discomforts and pain, natural medicine is safer.
Understanding Pain Meds
Pain is your body’s warning signal, telling you that something is wrong. And you need to make some changes. Millions of people use Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs like Advil and Tylenol). Despite their well-known side effects.
NSAIDs mess with Mother Nature and can cause more grief that they’re worth. Research indicates that these drugs actually accelerate the progression of joint destruction. Causing more problems down the road. NSAIDs work by blocking enzymes that help produce inflammatory compounds. This is how they reduce inflammation and pain.
But also… NSAIDs block enzymes that manufacture your cartilage!
We recommend natural-sourced Pain Relief Supplements.
Prescription NSAIDs include: naproxen (Naprosyn), nabumetone (Relafen), indomethacin (Indocid), diclofenac (Voltaren), piroxicam (Feldene) and sulindac (Clinoril).
Over-the-Counter NSAIDs include: ASA (Aspirin, Anacin and others), and ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil) and others. These drugs help reduce pain and swelling in the joints while decreasing stiffness. A low dose controls pain, but higher doses are required to reduce inflammation and provide arthritis pain relief.
These drugs are a subclass of NSAIDs. They also inhibit enzyme production. But they ALSO accelerate the progression of joint degeneration. Stated again, a person may feel pain-free, but their pain is silently getting worse.
When you have some kind of chronic pain, your body is constantly producing COX-2. Reducing that production can also reduce pain from inflammation.
Cox-2 inhibitors include: celecoxib (Celebrex), rofecoxib (Vioxx), valdecoxib (Bextra), meloxicam (Mobicox).
- Cox-2 Inhibitors in Osteoarthritis
- Exacerbation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by NSAIDs and Cox-2 Inhibitors
The most common side effects of NSAIDs are heartburn, ulcers and bleeding. They inhibit the blood’s ability to clot properly. Therefore interact with blood-thinning medications. They’re also associated with an increased incidence of kidney disease. All are quite serious.
Recent evidence shows that Cox-2 inhibitors have the same negative side effects as NSAIDs. Plus they may increase the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Long term use actually accelerates the progression of joint degeneration.
Vioxx (Cox-2 inhibitor) was taken off the market because of severe lethal side effects. Their published study stated that taking Vioxx results in a significantly higher risk of:
- “myocardial infarction
- unstable angina
- cardiac thrombus (clot)
- resuscitated cardiac arrest
- sudden or unexplained death
- ischemic stroke
- transient ischemic attack”.