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Medications for Osteoarthritis

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by Carson-DeWitt R
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
There are a variety of medications available to treat the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. You may have to try different medications before you find the one that works best for you, with the least number of side effects.

Prescription Medications

  • Naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve)
  • Ketoprofen (Nexcede)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin)
  • Sulindac (Clinoril)
  • Meclofenamate (Meclomen)
  • Ketorolac (Toradol)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren, Solaraze )
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Meloxicam (Mobic)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco)
  • Oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin)
  • Morphine (MS-Contin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Methadone
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

Prescription Medications



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