Osteoporosis sufferers may be taking the wrong over the counter medication

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 20th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1daed-we/
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It is important that people with osteoporosis or any other bone condition consult their doctors for a proper diagnose and proper medication

Introduction

Canadians may be doing themselves more harm than good when they self-medicate for pain associated with osteoporosis. A new study put out by University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta found that seniors, who first find out that they have osteoporosis in the knee, automatically begin to take over the counter pain relievers. The trouble is they may be taken the wrong medication.

Research

The study, which appeared in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, enlisted the help of pharmacists in the Vancouver and Edmonton area to search for seniors over 50 who had not been officially diagnosed with arthritis, but complained of knee pain, aching, or any other related discomfort.

Later, 190 and of these recruits were tested and knee osteoporosis was confirmed. Based on the body mass index, 43 percent of these individuals were overweight and 24 percent of them were obese.

The researchers were pleased that most of the people who self medicated were doing the right thing. 75 percent were participating in aerobic, strength, or endurance exercises such as walking or biking, in order to increase their mobility, 33 percent were using mobility aids such as shoe inserts, knee tape, and knee braces, and 52 percent were taking over the counter or prescription drugs.

However, the problem with the over the counter drugs were that only 25 percent of the people were taking the right kind
. Acetaminophen is the medication recommended by rheumatologists. This medication is recommended because it is inexpensive and proven to be safe for arthritis sufferers. Fifty percent of the sufferers were taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and COX-2 inhibitors. Some of the osteoporosis sufferers took the medication prior to switching over to Tylenol.

What the researchers found alarming

What is alarming to the researchers is that these medications were taking based on their own choice or were made on the advice of family or friends without consulting with a physician or health care professional.

The researchers were perturbed that some of the patients were taking glucosamine and chondroitin, which is not scientifically proven to be effective. Some were taking a combination of these products and painkillers.

However, 93 percent of the test subjects did seek medical attention by six months into the study and reported a marked improvement in their condition.

Conclusion

Though this study was limited in scope, it does emphasis the need for osteoporosis sufferers to seek medical advice before attempting to self medicate.

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Acetaminophen, Medication For Osteoporosis, Osteoporosis, Pain Killers, Pain Medication

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Feb 2015 (#)

A good share that I hope will get many reads. Blessings.

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author avatar ORourkeDesigns
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Excellent read! I'll love share the link to this page to a few of us seniors. If you don't mind please let me know before I do. Thank you Carol

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author avatar Carol Roach
21st Feb 2015 (#)

by all means ORourke share my stories but do give me credit for them, thank you,

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