Pain relief is a benefit, to those suffering from pain.
“Just my $.02 but NSAIDs seem to give little/no benefit with huge risks.”
I’ve been taking Celebrex 200mg/day for about 20 years. I’d be unable to use my hands without it. But, with it and sleeping in braces, I have almost zero hand problems. I’ve had no adverse reactions. If it takes 10 years off my life, then the life I would have lived would have hurt a good deal more without the drug.
My doctor prescribed Indocin for me for what I thought was a broken bone in my foot. He said the bone wasn’t broken but there was swelling that might be pinching a nerve. The pain was horrendous, almost exactly like when I broke that bone (5th metatarsil?)8 months before.
I took ONE pill and went to bed. The next morning, the pain and swelling were gone and didn’t return. I found later with the remaining pills on the prescription that my hip arthritis and other bone aches disappear when I take one at night before I go to bed. He recently gave me a longer term prescription for this use.
The only problem with them is that you must eat something before you take them or they will play hell on your stomach.
As far as I’m concerned it is a miracle drug - no pill I’ve ever taken has worked so completely and effectively. I only just found out this morning that Indomethacin is in the same family as the drug cited in the article, but it hasn’t changed my opinion.
Diclofenac in my opinion should never be taken orally - which is the form in question here.
Diclofenac can safely be used topically. There is a new formulation of Voltaren gel being sold OTC by Novartis in India that is about 5 times for effective than previous topical diclofenac products. It uses a tocopherol phosphate carrier to take the diclo deeper into the tissues without allowing it to reach the circulatory system.
I imagine that if sales in India are as expected, this formulation will quickly replace Novartis’ old Voltaren formulations around the world.
Thanks expat100, I take diclofenac daily, will see dr next week about this.
The best anti-inflammatory I’ve ever taken is BROMELAIN. It’s made from an ingredient in pineapples.
I take an NSAID every day. Couldn’t work or play with my kids without it. Many drugs have heightened risks for those who are already sick. Unfortunately, for chronic pain sufferers like myself there will probably be an effort to take these effective (and cheap!) medications off the market.