painkiller drugs for example aspirin, brufen,
voveran, etc. provide quick symptomatic relief
of pain and swelling. However in chronic cases
though these drugs are used for prolonged periods,
they do not provide long term relief. It may be
remembered that numerous pain relieving drugs
if not taken properly produce numerous side effects
especially in the stomach and kidney.
special class of drugs are used to treat chronic
forms of arthritis, and are called disease modifiers
(for example gold salts, salazopyrin, methotrexate,
etc.). These drugs are slow to produce relief
but can effectively control the disease for long
periods of time. These drugs improve quality of
life and reduce the requirement of pain killers.
But they need special monitoring to avoid side
are very powerful anti-inflammatory anti-arthritic
drugs and can produce immense relief. But their
use should be restricted to severe forms of arthritis.
However, cortisones are notorious to produce side-effects
and are probably the most misused and abused drugs
in management of arthritis today. Many indigenous
formulations, even those available across the
counter have been found to contain cortisones.
Doctors often dispense cortisones in anonymous
formulation to produce quick relief. Such medicines
lead to a long term drug dependence for relief
and cause serious side-effects and toxicity, affecting
multiple systems in the body.