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Arthritis Medication is a Dangerous and Silent Killer for Too Many



Arthritis medication that can be purchased over the counter, or prescribed by your physician, may very well not be the most supportive thing you can do to promote health and well being. While the pain is certainly a distinctive problem, consumers need to educate themselves on the vast number of health complications and deaths that come with their favorite NSAID medication.

The statistics indicate a serious problem. One of the problems that is quite obvious is that there is no real protocol for determining the actual death toll that NSAID painkillers are responsible for. The numbers are coming back in disagreement. Many believe that the low numbers are created to counteract the higher numbers. One thing is clear; people die and have significant health complications that last for life when they use these medications for chronic use.


An NSAID pain reliever is typically an anti-inflammatory drug that helps to keep pain under control. Controlling the inflammation is linked directly to the pain relief discovered by the patient. While it seems like a great deal on the surface, the truth is that there are just too many people who are experiencing significant difficulty with their health due to the chronic use of these medications. The stomach lining has a difficult time with the digestion of the toxic substances that make the drug work.


Once the stomach lining is affected, there is often an ulceration that can bleed excessively. With the promotion of arthritis related relief finding 

its way into living rooms across the country it is no wonder that more the 60 million people in the US alone are taking one of the over the counter or prescription NSAID medications specifically for arthritis pain. All of the numbers that have been released are directly related to the deaths of patients who were looking for the relief of symptoms from arthritis pain. Questionable or NSAID related deaths and injuries that were not related to arthritis pain were not included in the reports.


Ibuprofen is one of the most commonly taken medications in the US. It is taken daily by arthritis sufferers in drastic quantities. Injuries and deaths do not require high levels of consumption. In fact, daily use that comes in under the recommended maximum dose can be just as lethal when taken over a period of time.


Recognizing NSAID Pain Relievers


Just because a medication is heavily promoted doesn't mean that it is safe. NSAIDS include ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, celecoxib, diclofenac, etodolac, fenoprefen, indomethacin, ketoprofen, ketoralac, oxaprozen, nabumatone, sulindac, tolmetin, and rofecoxib. Some are available as a prescription medication only while others are available through prescription or over the counter strengths.


While advertising and clever marketing make it clear that there are benefits to the use of NSAID medications, the risks are great enough that the it is just not a good tradeoff. NSAID death tolls have risen to 300,000 people. With that many deaths on the record, conservatively, one has to question whether or not the FDA is just looking the other way. A few small claims at the end of an advertisement does not constitute education of the public. At the very least the FDA should be placing stronger warning messages on bottles, in prescription packets, and at the end of televised and streaming video commercials.


More than 1.7 million people in the US have had complications from the NSAID craze to warrant hospitalization. Gastrointestinal issues can range from digestive problems that deplete the body of necessary nutrients to the life threatening condition that the bleeding ulcer of the stomach can present. These are serious and often permanent conditions. Lifelong physical problems from the use of NSAID medications are common.


If you do the math, the reality of the problem becomes a little clearer, and there can't be a good explanation for why this is mostly an ignored issue in the press and throughout governmental agencies responsible for monitoring the distribution of drugs. The conservative numbers mean that at least 45 people every day die due the use of these medicines. Almost 300 people find themselves in the hospital just because they believed the marketing that the pill in question could enhance their quality of life.


Consumer Education and Demands May Change the Outcome


NSAID death tolls are a serious problem. When it comes right down to it the risk is there for arthritis sufferers who are looking for the fastest pain relief possible. The consumer's ability to provide self-education will have a lot to do with whether or not the death toll continues to rise. Public demands for a system of drug management that actually works may even help prevent more deaths. Finding alternatives to NSAID medications is really where the best solution lies. Those who do not purchase it are not financially supporting the industry that keeps consumers in the dark at the risk of their health and their lives.