Treatment Options for OA & RA
There are many options available when it comes to managing arthritis pain. Widely accepted guidelines from both the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) suggest taking an "integrated approach," by combining a medication with other recommended therapies.
Learning about your options and staying up to date with new developments in medicine and treatments can help you take an active role in your arthritis pain management. But before starting any new treatment option, it's very important to discuss its value with your doctor. Find out more about Partnering with Your Doctor.
Some recommended options are:
NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, a class of pain relievers that comes in both prescription and over-the-counter strength. NSAIDs are used to treat arthritis symptoms including pain and inflammation.
Prescription CELEBREX has been an arthritis treatment option for millions of patients for over 15 straight years. Just one 200mg CELEBREX a day can provide 24-hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation.*
Learn more about CELEBREX.
Losing weight can make a difference when it comes to arthritis knee pain. In fact, if you're overweight, for every pound you lose, you remove about 4 pounds of stress from your knees. Following a balanced diet while exercising regularly can help you lose weight and reduce stress on your joints.
Staying active can help keep your joints flexible, reduce pain, and improve your ability to move. Low-impact activities like swimming or water aerobics can be good options because they put less stress on your joints. Stretching exercises, strength training, and aerobic exercise may also help to ease arthritis pain. However, you should discuss any new routine with your doctor before starting.
Recent studies have shown that many natural and alternative therapies can be beneficial in managing arthritis pain.
- Studies on acupuncture have shown that it may relieve arthritis pain and improve physical function.
- Nutritional supplements and natural remedies, when taken correctly, may also be beneficial. However, some of these may interfere with other medicines you are taking or even make your arthritis pain worse. So before you try adding a supplement, talk to your doctor.
- A physical therapist may be able to help you find exercises specifically designed to reduce your arthritis pain.
Treatment Options for Acute Pain
Common treatments for acute pain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) both in prescription and over-the-counter form.
In clinical studies, single doses of CELEBREX provided relief from acute pain within 60 minutes.** If you suffer or have suffered from acute pain, ask your doctor if CELEBREX is right for you.
*Individual results may vary. This dosing is for osteoarthritis.
**Individual results may vary.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
All prescription NSAIDs, like CELEBREX, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning. They may all increase the chance of heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. This chance increases if you have heart disease or risk factors for it, such as high blood pressure or when NSAIDs are taken for long periods.
CELEBREX should not be used right before or after certain heart surgeries.
Serious skin reactions, or stomach and intestine problems such as bleeding and ulcers, can occur without warning and may cause death. Patients taking aspirin and the elderly are at increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Tell your doctor if you have:
- A history of ulcers or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
- High blood pressure or heart failure
- Kidney or liver problems
CELEBREX should not be taken in late pregnancy.
Do not take CELEBREX if you have bleeding in the stomach or intestine, or you've had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reactions to aspirin, any other NSAID medicine or certain drugs called sulfonamides.
Life threatening allergic reactions can occur with CELEBREX. Get help right away if you've had swelling of the face or throat or trouble breathing.
Prescription CELEBREX should be used exactly as prescribed at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed.
CELEBREX is indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, and for the management of acute pain in adults.