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Offline mattdillon

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anti-inflammatories..OTC which one ?
« on: April 15, 2005, 02:29:20 AM »
does anyone have a particular OTC anti=inflamatory that they find really helpful ? i found " alieve" to be really no help, but "advil" quite helpful. any others recommended  for miniscus problems   


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Re: anti-inflammatories..OTC which one ?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2005, 11:07:49 AM »

Hi, when I was taking OTC meds - the only thing that worked for me was Motrin.  Has your doctor not tried to prescribe anything else for you like a Cox-2 inhibitor?  I have just started taking Celebrex and am finding that it has been relieving alot of my knee pain.

Good luck and hope that you find something that will help.


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Re: anti-inflammatories..OTC which one ?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2005, 01:46:11 PM »
I also have no response to naproxen - the stuff in aleve.  I respond best to ibuprofen - advil, motrin, generic, it doesn't matter.  What does matter is dose.  600MG is the lowest dose considered to be effective as an anti-inflammatory.  800MG 3x daily is considered prescription strength.

And while everyone speaks very highly of the COx-2 inhibitors, and I will be honest, I found vioxx to be more effective than ibuprofen, the studies showed a minimal difference between 800MG ibuprofen and vioxx or celebrex.  That was one of the big issues with the drugs - they found much higher risks but not much better pain relief.
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Re: anti-inflammatories..OTC which one ?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2005, 02:06:55 PM »
This is not an OTC anti-inflammatory but if ibuprofen does nothing for you same with me try being prescribed Diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren, Voltaren-XR apparently in the US), I have found it to be amazing stuff.