Volume 5 - Issue 5

Welcome to the May 2005 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  3. More Precautions and Approaches to Using NSAIDs
  4. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  5. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. Herbal remedies can have harmful interaction when taken with drugs for rheumatic arthritis
    A recent study had pointed out the fact that herbal preparations and over the counter alternative medicines may react badly when taken along with medication for rheumatic arthritis.
  2. Bextra's Safety Questioned
    An increasing number of Americans are relieved to learn there are non-drug ways to ease pain now that safety questions have been raised about another well-known and widely used painkiller, Bextra.
  3. Pfizer Asked to Stop Selling the Painkiller 'Bextra'
    U.S. health officials asked drugmaker Pfizer to stop selling the painkiller "Bextra" because of concerns that the risks of using the drug outweigh the benefits.

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More Precautions and Approaches to Using NSAIDs

By J.R. Rogers

As our readers know, I am dead set against the use of NSAIDs. Over the counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are now being implicated in possible cardiac complications just as Vioxx and Celebrex have been. Of course, Bextra is on that list too.

Some of You Know but Don't Care
I understand that some of you will use NSAIDs to handle pain issues. For those with osteoarthritis who are using a high-quality liquid glucosamine product you should have your arthritis pain under control. That does not mean that you will not use NSAIDs for other pain issues.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself
One major downside is that NSAIDs can cause a lot of gastrointestinal distress that can range from an upset stomach to intestinal bleeding. So the answer is to take proactive steps to protect yourself if you insist on using them.

Got Ulcers?
For those who suffer from ulcers, a doctor may be inclined to prescribe Cytotec which both reduces the risk and heals existing ulcers. Also, the FDA recently approved Prevacid NapraPac which contains both Prevacid and Naproxen together. Now, that sounds like a somewhat smarter approach to this issue if you insist on using NSAIDs.

Lower the Dose and Avoid Alcohol
Doctors often report that taking lower doses can avoid the stomach problems for NSAID users. And it goes without saying that consuming alcohol, in any form, when using them is risky. It can greatly enhance the chances of internal bleeding. Also, avoid increasing the number of pills you take. In this case, less is definitely better.

Use Food as the Platform
If you are going to use them, take them with food; it does not have to be a full meal but rather, can be a little bread or crackers with the NSAID. Hey, it's just softening the blow a little, right?

Other Medications and Potential Problems
For those on Coumadin or other prescription medications, you may be increasing the risk of internal bleeding when using NSAIDs.

Switch Brands
Some doctors also report that while certain NSAIDs will adversely affect someone, a different brand may not bother them at all. This is a tough issue. Which one is the safest?

Late Night is Best
If you have to use them, doctors say the best time to do so is later in the day. No one has given me a satisfactory reason for that but that is what they say.

As always, be safe.

See you next time.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis

Broccoli Casserole

  • 2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook broccoli in a small amount of water in saucepan for 5 minutes; drain.
Add mayonnaise, eggs, onion, soup and cheese; mix well. Spoon into a greased baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until set.

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation

Broccoli Casserole

Serves 8.

Per Serving:
Calories 247; Fat 20 g; Cholesterol 85 mg; Fiber 2 g; Sodium 586 mg

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This concludes the May Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on June 1st. Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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