Arthritis pain relief is not something that someone with arthritis can generally ignore. The irritating and nagging pressure of swollen and reddened tissues, ligaments, tendons and cartilage can make even the constant aching or shooting pains in the joints seem that much more unbearable. However, what medication you need to help will depend on what you consider to be too much pain to deal with and sometimes what you can and cannot take as far as ingredients are concerned. If you are pregnant, you may have to stop your arthritis pain relief medications all together, which as I have experienced is very exhausting and hard to cope with when you are generally tired already.
Medications for pain relief vary and some are addictive. Some may barely take the edge of the pain and others will knock you out cold for the day, which for those of us who work is an impossible scenario, but a very real one. As such there are two varieties of arthritis pain relief medications, including brand name and non-brand name or generic versions. Some can be bought from the pharmacist without a prescription, but the general rule of thumb is that the more addictive and more powerful the pain relief, the pretty well high guarantee that the medication needs a prescription. Regardless of whatever a person tells you, no matter how mild the pain, simple medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin may be simply insufficient to get the job done. Most people cannot take years of acetaminophen and codeine, an over the counter high dose pain relief medicine for long without risking the chance of becoming addicted to the codeine. Some people may have allergic or intolerance reactions to some of the ingredients or develop these over time from over use of the drugs.
The top medications for arthritis pain relief are by far ibuprofen, codeine, propoxyphene, naproxen, ketoprofen and oxycodone. Usually if these still are ineffective with stopping the pain, your doctor may recommend other measures, including joint replacement surgery. They rarely like to fuse the joints which can prevent that joint from working again, but when it comes to pain relief, arthritic sufferers have few choices and so sometimes no movement is better than excruciating pain for some people.
If you have chronic arthritis pain, you may be wondering about cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment. CBD, along with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other chemicals, is found in marijuana. But unlike THC, CBD is not “psychoactive” — that is, it does not cause the intoxication or high associated with marijuana use.