Getting out of bed when you have arthritis can produce a chorus of creaks and pops. Morning stiffness is an all-too-common symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading Your Arthritis Morning Routine
Reducing the costs of your arthritis medications can make it easier to stay on your recommended regimen. Here are some cost-cutting tips.
Websites like GoodRx.com let you compare local retailer prices. They can filter by location, dosage amounts and quantities.
When your muscles ache or your joints throb, you and your doctor may turn to one of the most commonly-used medications to ease the pain: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), either over-the-counter or prescription. But not all NSAIDs are the same, so how do you pick the right one? Consider these factors.
Do you feel like you’re swallowing handfuls of pills every day? Do you not take them all or take them wrong because it’s hard to keep track? It’s a common problem for people living with chronic disease, like arthritis. And it’s even worse if you add other medications for other conditions, like heart disease or diabetes, to your arthritis meds regimen.
Rheumatologists offer these tips to make your daily arthritis pill routine easier to swallow.
Review your meds with your physician. Ask if you need everything you’re taking. Different doctors may have prescribed overlapping medications. Or you may find that a single combination pill can replace two separate drugs, or that you can take a lower dosage.
“Patients often assume that I remember each and every one of their medicines. We simply can’t do that,” explains Robert Katz, MD, a rheumatologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “So it really is good to ask the question, ‘Are there any of these medicines that I could discontinue or cut down on?’”
Continue reading Are You Taking Too Many Medications for Your Arthritis?
Managing your arthritis along with other health conditions can be a lot to handle. People taking more than one drug are at increased risk of interactions, not to mention potential confusion about timing and dosage when taking over-the-counter and prescription medicines. Fortunately, getting the answers you need is as easy as stopping by your neighborhood pharmacy.
More than just dispensing meds, pharmacists can provide information about your disease; review your medications and advise you about them; and recommend drug types, dosages and scheduling for over-the-counter medicines. A 2010 study in the journal Medical Care found that patients are healthier when a pharmacist is an active part of their healthcare team.