Posts Tagged ‘ Anti-Inflammatories ’

New Warnings on Anti-Inflammatories

October 8, 2014
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I just read an article on the Medical Observer website which said that the Therapeutic Goods Administrator (TGA) “will ramp up warnings on NSAID packages after a safety review found over-the-counter diclofenac was associated with liver damage and that NSAIDs in general were linked to adverse cardiovascular effects”. The TGA has now suggested that these medications come with the…

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Paracetamol for back pain?

August 7, 2014
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I guess a lot of you saw the recent articles (such as this one in The Australian) questioning the effectiveness of Paracetamol for back pain. This is newsworthy because it is probably the first thing a doctor would recommend for back pain, so we want to know if it actually works. It has very few side…

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Think an Injection will help?

July 7, 2014
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Might need to think again. An article in The New York Times has cast uncertainty over the therapeutic value of spinal steroid injections. In a recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine no less, patients were given a plain anaesthetic injection, or the anaesthetic combined with the steroid. Here are a few quotes that summarise the results:…

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Treating Arthritis

February 14, 2014
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A new study has come out saying that the best treatment for arthritis is exercise. This makes sense and is something I’ve long believed and I may even have posted about it once before with respect to knee arthritis and tai chi. The pain associated with arthritis comes from things like the muscles tightening up around the…

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Spinal Injections

February 14, 2014
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New research has come out questioning the effectiveness of spinal injections. Titled “Time to reconsider steroid injections in the spine?”, the article in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia lists the following points, which I’ll post for your consideration: The largest of these showed marginal short-term (2-week) improvement in the steroid and local anaesthetic…

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Knee Pain going downstairs

January 31, 2014
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I just read an article in the New York Times Health section answering a reader query about knee pain when walking down stairs. This is a really common occurrence and I thought the information in the article was pretty good so I’ve posted the link to it here. Basically, you want to have good strength and…

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Using Paracetamol for Pain? Read this

August 30, 2013
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The use of paracetamol, such as Panadol, for conditions like arthritis, has come under fire after a panel of medical experts “said they were ‘extremely concerned’ about the links of higher doses to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal adverse events. An article on Pulse.co.uk outlined the panel’s findings, which included: warnings about the potential side effects of paracetamol…

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Poor evidence for injections for back pain

July 26, 2013
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Kevin MD recently posted an article where he reviewed the effectiveness of various injections commonly used for low back pain. These consist of  local anesthetics, steroids like cortisone, and pain meds. The article included a summary of an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as notes from a couple of other reviews previously done…

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Anti-Inflammatories Part 2

February 18, 2011
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Following on from my last article on the risks associated with the use of common over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, I wanted to see what the other options were and more importantly, how effective they are. I found an article which compared the results of 47 different studies on the effectiveness of different forms of ‘non…

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Anti Inflammatory Medications

February 17, 2011
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It was quite an alarming series of headlines last week as news broke of a large scale analysis of the risks associated with the use of common over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. “Common painkillers linked to heart disease” reported The Australian, along with “The findings confirm that drugs such as Nurofen and Voltaren can significantly increase the…

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