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What are the Different Prescription Anti-Inflammatory Medications?

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There are many types of anti-inflammatory medications available on the market today. For example, Feldene®, Daypro®, and Lodine® are generally recommended for people with arthritis pain. Other anti-inflammatory drugs are more often used for general severe pain, such as post-surgery pain or childbirth. These drugs have varying side effects, ranging from minor to life-threatening, which should be taken into careful consideration before administering the medication.

Feldene®, or Piroxicam, is a prescription anti-inflammatory medication that is typically prescribed to address the symptoms of different kinds of arthritis in adults. This medication is sometimes accompanied by side effects that are often considered minor, such as gas and dizziness, but can also be accompanied by more serious side effects such as difficulty breathing and weight gain. Feldene® is presented as a capsule, and there is typically no variation.

Another prescription anti-inflammatory medication called Daypro®, or Oxaprozin, is typically used to deal with problems associated with arthritis in both children and adults. Typical side effects include difficulty sleeping and confusion, while more serious side effects include pale skin and a loss of appetite. Daypro® is usually taken as a simple capsule once or twice daily.

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Lodine®, also known as Etodolac, is another type of prescription anti-inflammatory medication that is typically used to treat the symptoms of different kinds of arthritis in adults. It is not unusual for this medication to be used to treat pain that originates from other sources. Side effects such as vomiting and bloating are common and often not serious, but other side effects, such as hoarseness and itching, have been known to occur.

A prescription anti-inflammatory drug called Toradol®, or Ketorolac, is generally only used to deal with severe pain. Typical side effects include headaches and constipation, while more serious side effects include a lack of energy and the presence of blisters. A tablet of Toradol® is often taken consumed as needed instead of on a strict schedule.

Clinoril®, also known as Sulindac, is a prescription anti-inflammatory drug that is often used to treat many different types of arthritis, as well as other forms of painful inflammation. One less common use for this drug is to reduce the amount of abnormal growths in an afflicted person’s gastrointestinal system. Common side effects include nervousness and ringing in the ears, while more serious side effects include the presence of a fast heart beat, as well as hives. A tablet of this medication is typically consumed twice daily, preferably with food.

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browncoat
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@irontoenail - Actually, once you get into the stronger anti inflammatory medicine you have quite a high chance of getting some kind of side effects. My grandmother had quite bad arthritis and she said, in some ways, the medicine was worse than the disease, because it constantly upset her stomach.

I think it's just a matter of keeping good communication with your doctor. There are lots of different options and most people eventually find one that works for them.

irontoenail
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@umbra21 - Do bear in mind that there is only a very small risk, in most cases, that you will experience side effects. Particularly if you are taking over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs, which are mostly extremely safe.

And I would be getting a new doctor if he or she didn't go over major possible side effects after putting me on a new medication. It's possible they didn't mention them because they are so very unlikely. I'm sure they still gave you a speech about coming back if you experienced any strange headaches or whatever.

umbra21
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I've noticed that the last couple of times I went to the doctor and was prescribed medication, that they didn't really go over the possible side effects with me. I'm not really good at remembering to ask about that kind of thing either, but I do think it's important.

So, I always try to look up the side effects online, just so I know what to look out for, or what might possibly happen. I even do it for over the counter medication, like ibuprofen, as side effects can happen even with weak medicines like that.

Most medications are well documented online, so it's definitely worth having a look, even if you were told some of the side effects.

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