Pennsaid is approved to treat osteoarthritis of the knees. The medication belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and is currently approved for adults only. On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend "off-label" uses of Pennsaid, such as for the treatment of different types of arthritis or osteoarthritis affecting other parts of the body.
What Is Pennsaid Used For?Pennsaid® (diclofenac sodium topical solution) is a prescription arthritis medication. Specifically, Pennsaid is used for treating signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knees. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This painful condition occurs when cartilage begins to become ragged and wears away (cartilage is the tissue that pads bones in a joint).
Over time, all of the cartilage in a joint can wear away, leaving bones that rub against each other. In addition, the fluid within joints that normally lubricates and cushions them becomes thin and less able to protect the joint, contributing to the development of osteoarthritis symptoms.
Osteoarthritis research scientists do not know the exact cause or causes of osteoarthritis, although aging plays an important role.
While there is no cure for this condition, there are treatments that can ease pain and improve function. Some specific options include:
- Medications (see Osteoarthritis Medication)
- Exercise (see Arthritis and Exercise)
- Other pain-relief options
- Viscosupplement therapy (knee injections, such as Synvisc®)
- Surgery (such as Hip Replacement or Knee Replacement)
- Alternative therapies (see Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis or Natural Cures for Arthritis).