More Info on Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs
Acetaminophen is a nonprescription medication used to relieve pain. A few examples of acetaminophen include aspirin-free Anacin®, Excedrin®, Panadol®, Tylenol®, and Tylenol Arthritis®.
Acetaminophen usually has no side effects when taken as directed. The drug should not to be taken with alcohol or with other products containing acetaminophen. It also should not to be used for more than 10 days unless directed by a physician.
Aspirin is used to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, allowing patients to move more easily and carry out normal activities. It is generally part of early and ongoing therapy.
Side effects of aspirin can include: an upset stomach; a tendency to bruise easily; ulcers, pain, or discomfort; diarrhea; headache; or heartburn or indigestion; and nausea or vomiting.
NSAIDs help relieve pain within hours of administration in dosages available over the counter. They relieve pain and inflammation in dosages available in prescription form. These medicines may take several days to reduce inflammation.
Side effects for all traditional NSAIDs include: abdominal or stomach cramps, pain, or discomfort; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness or lightheadedness; headache; heartburn or indigestion; peptic ulcers; nausea or vomiting; possible kidney and liver damage (rare).
Before taking any traditional NSAIDs, let your healthcare provider know if you drink alcohol or use blood thinners, as well as whether you have or have ever had any of the following: sensitivity or allergy to aspirin or similar medications, kidney or liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, or peptic ulcers.