Question on alternatives to Motrin/Aleve etc. Taraumeel Gel?

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   Posted 12/30/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
What is the general consensus regarding long term use of Motrin based products?  I know you need to be monitored if you are taking it daily to make sure there is not damage to the kidney and liver.
Thoughts, comments?
Also, has anyone used Traumeel Gel?  It is an anti-inflamatory gel.
Thanks, and hoping you have a less of a pain in the day today!!! Sue

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   Posted 12/30/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Ibuprofen, aspirin and acetominophen don't help (at least not for me) with fibromyalgia muscle pain. the first two do help with pain from inflammation and possibly from joint pain.
Maybe since they are OTC, nobody's told me anything about monitoring. But they hurt my stomach, so I don't take them often.

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   Posted 12/30/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I do volteren gel on my foot, but it has so many warnings I don't use it as much as the doctor says to use it.

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   Posted 12/30/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Traumeel gel is an OTC homeopathic remedy containing arnica. Arnica is generally used to treat acute injuries. It's basically an anti-inflammatory. I've used it many times for both acute and chronic injuries. I find that it works better for more superficial injuries, rather than deep injuries (such as within the joint capsule), but you'll have to try it for yourself & see what you think. I do think that it is a good product (works amazingly well on bruises), however it is somewhat expensive.

I also like Wobenzyme cream. It's a different product, but it produces a similar effect.


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   Posted 12/31/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
asprin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, sulindac, piroxicam, meloxicam, nambumetone, oxyprozin, indomethicen, and etodolac are NSAIS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the major adverse effect is gastric ulcer and gastro-intestinal bleeding. the sub-category of NSAIDS are the COX-2 inhibitors: vioxx(rofecoxib), celebrex (celecoxib), and bextra (valdecoxib). the advantage is they do not cause the GI problems but they might have a cardiovascular risk. Tylenol or acetaminophen is not a NSAID nor a anti-inflammatory but works by reducing postaglandin levels in the peripheral nervous system, they think,and it can cause severe liver damage or acute liver faliure. things like omega 3 fatty acids, tumeric, MSM, ginger are alternatives with anti-inflammatory power.
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