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Joint Pain Relief: Considering Your Alternatives
Did you know that many of the common over the counter drugs (designed to treat inflammation, minor aches and pains), when used for certain types of arthritis, can actually cause destruction of your cartilage?
A common myth is that cheap and readily available drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen are effective and safe methods of ridding ones self of arthritis pain forever. While NSAIDs will temporarily relieve some of your pain, bear in mind that there are many potentially serious long term effects (such as gastric toxicity) associated with these drugs, which include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Even acetaminophen, while not technically a NSAID, can have very detrimental effects on the body if taken for long periods of time, in large enough doses, or combined with other drugs such as alcohol. Remember, they are only to be used TEMPORARILY to relieve pain, and nothing more. Taking them at the dosages commonly used for arthritis pain for long term pain management is ill advised. Aside from vomiting and nausea, long term or large doses of NSAIDs or acetaminophen can actually cause serious kidney damage, liver failure, as well as cause damage the lining of the stomach or intestines. Members of the research community have a word for it: toxicity. We have long reached for a bottle of aspirin when we have minor pain but we should be careful to understand the long term consequences of what we are putting into our bodies, especially unnatural drugs.
Supplementation with liquid glucosamine is much safer than a long-term, potentially dangerous temporary NSAID solution. Keep in mind that Vioxx, a Cox-II drug, was removed from the market because it was killing people. Best of all, it only masked the pain but did nothing to ensure joint health.
To maintain joint health and flexibility, we recommended Flexicose. Flexicose alone has a unique blend of 14 high quality synergistic ingredients and contains 1,500 mg of glucosamine per dose.
Other brands of Glucosamine include: Osteo-Bi-Flex, Arti-flex
Common COX-II Inhibitors: Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra
Common over the counter NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen
Now added to the list: Acetaminophen