Arthritis treatment medicines

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Most arthritis sufferers eventually have to take some type of medication. Often, they will be on more than one medicine because of other health problems. This page talks about important things a patient can do to ensure safety.

How to be safe at the time of the doctor's visit

• Keep a list of medicines and supplements you are taking (prescription, over-the-counter, herbals)
• Always bring the list of medications to keep your med list updated
• Describe any medication reactions you have had in the past
• It's critical to understand what the medications you are taking are for and their potential side-effects
• Make sure the doctor's staff goes over things like dosing, etc
• Write down how to take the medications
• Make sure you have enough medications to make it to the next visit
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions

How to be safe at the pharmacy

• Get written information about your medications. Most pharmacies will provide this.
• Double check with the pharmacist on how to take the medication
• If you take a liquid medication, find out the best way to measure a dose
• If the pill you gwet doesn't match with what you've been taking, make sure you find out why
• Ask questions

How to be safe in the hospital

• Have a list of medicines you are taking
• Let the nurses and physician know about drug allergies or reactions you've had
• Always make sure that before any kind of test or medicine is given to you that the hospital personnel check your ID bracelet
• Ask to see the medication you're going to be given and ask what it is for
• Call the doctor/nurse if you have a reaction
• Ask question

Addendum: It's a good idea to have a family member with you in the hospital if possible to help oversee things.

How to be safe at home

• Use a pill dispenser to keep track of medications
• Don’t run out
• Double check the pills before you take them
• Don’t take medications in the dark
• Follow directions
• Keep medications out of reach of children
• Don't use someone else’s prescription medication
• Call the doctor if you think you are having a reaction to the medication

Arthritis medicines come in a variety of strengths and are designed for different purposes. They range from analgesics for pain to biologics to induce remission for serious forms of arthritis.

The kind of arthritis medicine you take will determine the effects and side effects to be on the lookout for. That's why patient education is so important. Make sure you keep on top of things. It's your body. Don't necessarily depend on the doctor or nurses to do it for you. Take responsibility.

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