HC411R - Osteoarthritis Medication
This is Healthcare 411. A new guide may help you sort out which medication
to take for your osteoarthritis. More on this next
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This is Healthcare 411. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories,
and Cox-2 inhibitors are commonly prescribed to treat osteoarthritis,
and many people also take over-the-counter medicines. How do you choose
which is best? Jean Slutsky, director of AHRQ’s
Center for Outcomes and Evidence
You will need to discuss pain relievers with your health care provider who
knows your complete medical history, but AHRQ has a new guide that will make
that discussion more meaningful. The guide
information on effectiveness, cost and potential side effects of these and
other prescription drugs, as well as about Tylenol and over-the counter
drugs and supplements.
AHRQ has also produced a similar guide for clinicians which includes more
technical information about these drugs. Both guides were developed through
AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program
created by the
U.S. Congress to help patients and health care providers make choices among
treatments for various health conditions.
the Effective Health Care Program, AHRQ-funded researchers evaluate the
latest scientific studies about which medical treatments work best. In
creating the program, Congress emphasized the need to provide information in
different levels of detail for different audiences.
guides are free and
To learn more about this
and dozens of other health topics go to healthcare411.org.
I’m Debra James.
411 is produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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