best over-counter Osteoarthritis pain relievers ???

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   Posted 3/23/2011 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   

im 19 and my father has Osteoarthritis on both hips, and really desperate to find a over the counter medicine to relieve the huge pain he is suffering from everyday. please can you tell me which medicines are known to be really sufficient to take care of the pain???

i will really really appreciate your HELP....

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   Posted 3/24/2011 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband has found relief with Ibuprofen. He has a script for 800mgs but the doc told him that he can just take 4 Advil to get the same result. BUT it has to be taken with food or milk to avoid stomach complications.

I can't take Advil but I get by with Aleve and Tylonel Arthritis.
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   Posted 3/24/2011 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Tylenol Arthritis and Mobic (prescription). It's important to take the medication consistently, because if you wait until the pain gets "bad enough" to take something, the meds won't work as well. It's easier to prevent pain and inflammation than to get rid of it.
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   Posted 3/24/2011 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Wish I had an answer for you.  I cannot take Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs second degree to GERD.  I guess I am lucky that I can tolerate the pain but so many suffer so badly that I wish I had the magic answer.
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   Posted 3/28/2011 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I took alleve and found that to be very good.  It must be taken with food though.   Some people seem to do better with advil or ibufrofen.  All of these must be taken with food.
When problems got worse I switched to Mobic which has a VERY INEXPENSIVE generic but it is a prescription.  I take it every day.  I take omeprazole (anti-gerd medicine) and then 20 minutes later I eat and then I take the mobic.  It is a lot to remember but worth it. 
I can not tolerate the opiates so that is not an option for me. They are all prescription drugs.
I also wish there was something for all the pain.  It is very hard to deal with and so I will close wishing you and yours the best.

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   Posted 3/28/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I think those of us with bad arthritis can't really expect to be completely pain free. I always have pain somewhere; it's a question of how much pain in how many places for me. In addition to the meds, I use heat and exercise to manage things. If I don't stretch and work out at least every other day, I'll get really achy all over.
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   Posted 4/9/2011 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Before I had stomach issues, I used to take Aleve, and it worked well. Ibuprofen also worked well. Since I now have a sensitive stomach, probably due to all the OTC NSAIDs, I take Celebrex which is prescription.

It is very important to take care of your stomach when you are on an anti-inflammatory drug, OTC or prescription. I get up in the morning, and take to Tramadol ( prescription pain meds ) and then lay down for a half hour or so, then I get up and take 150 mg of Zantac for my stomach, and wait a half hour. Then I drink skim milk and eat a banana or something like that, and take my Celebrex. It is a drawn out routine, but an essential one.

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   Posted 4/26/2011 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
For me, I have found that Excedrin works for all sorts of aches and pains. honestly. It says for head aches, and it works great for that. but it also works good when I do not want to take my vicoden I take that and it takes the edge off for sure.

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   Posted 10/6/2011 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Excedrin is what I also take for all pain or inflammation. It is the only thing that really works for me and I have bad reactions to all prescribed pain medications and refuse to ever take another one. It's not worth it for me. I even used Excedrin when I had my hysterectomy. It's the only thing that also helps my bad headaches I get so often.

I buy the generic brand at Wal*Mart and you have get (2) 100 tablet bottles atached together for about $4.00.

The reason it works so well is because the caffeine gets it into your system faster, the aspirin for inflammation and tylenol.


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   Posted 10/11/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi im new here but i have heard they have great sucsess with a product called licqud silver im sorry my spelling is not good hope this helps hugs country

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   Posted 10/11/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Over the last few decades, there have been several reported problems associated with silver ingestion, including intestinal ulcers and argyria. With the availability of more effective pharmacologic alternatives, physician-directed use of silver-containing products has significantly declined. However, recently many health-food manufacturers have promoted colloidal-silver-based products as cure-alls. With the proliferation of the Internet, it has become much easier for these manufacturers to market their products to unsuspecting consumers using unsubstantiated claims of effectiveness against major illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, arthritis, and infectious diseases.

A negative association made to silver supplementation is the condition Argyria, an extremely rare phenomenon where silver accumulates in the tissue under the skin causing a blue or grayish tint.

Please discuss the use of this product with your physician.

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   Posted 11/6/2011 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Not over the counter, but I have been taking Arthrotec, and it is very hard on the stomache, but I take it with food, and I find it has been a great "band'aide", better then any other meds I have tried, without going heavy duty...

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