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If you suffer from arthritis, your physician has likely already suggested over-the-counter products to relieve the pain, stiffness, and swelling. You should heed his or her advice. However, if you are looking to switch brands, examine other products, or lower the cost, it is important to know what your options are. In terms of over-the-counter arthritis relief, you have many options. What are they?
Pain relievers. Good old pain reliever can reduce or temporarily eliminate the joint pain that comes will all types of arthritis. Well-known brands include Tylenol, Bayer, Advil, and Aleve. In addition to standard pain relievers, many well-known brands have developed formulas just for arthritis. For example, Tylenol Arthritis capsules have two pain fighting layers. The first dissolves quickly for immediate relief and the second dissolves slower, resulting in long lasting relief.
Over-the-counter pain pills all accomplish the same goal, but that goal is reached different ways and with different formulas. For that reason, never assume you need to take a pill every 4 to 6 hours. Read the directions and follow them.
Topical pain relief cream. Topical pain relief cream comes in a small tube. You rub the cream onto your body once or twice a day. Pain relief is felt almost immediately and it will last for hours. Most creams are deep penetrating and odor free. You can seek relief without smelling like a walking medicine cabinet.
As with over-the-counter pain medications, it is important to read and follow all directions. Most recommend applying no more than two times a day, but all topical creams are different. Although not ingested, it is still medicine and caution is advised.
When looking closely at the ingredients for these topical creams, you will find that most have capsaicin as their active ingredient. This is also found in red cayenne pepper. For maximum relief, incorporate the spice into your meals.
Heat patches. It has long been said that warmth lessens the severity of arthritis pain. It also relieves stiffness and swelling. If these are symptoms of yours, heated patches can provide you with relief. These patches are similar to heating pads, but they are ideal for when you are on the go. They automatically warm with skin contact.
ThermaCare is a well-known brand for heating patches. Their patches provide relief for all types of aches and pains, including menstrual cramping. They dedicated a special line of pads for arthritis. The heat is long lasting, for around 12 hours or more. Patches are available for the wrist, elbow, knee, neck, and shoulder.
As with a heating pad you warm in the microwave, there are risks associated with these on the go heated patches. The most common is burning. As we age, it is easier for the skin to burn. Those 55 should proceed with caution. Test the patch during the day before sleeping with it on.
Heating pads. The above mentioned heating patches do provide warm relief from arthritis pain and joint stiffness, but they are one-time use. Their costs can easily add up. Use these patches for when you need to move. If you have the ability to relax at home, a heating pad is best.
Heating pads come in a number of different formats and sizes. There are those you warm in the microwave and those you plug in. For nighttime, use the microwaveable pouches. They cool overtime, so there is less risk of burns when you are fast asleep.
As you can see, a number of over-the-counter products can allow you to seek relief from the joint pain, stiffness, and swelling associated with arthritis. These products are available for sale in most retail stores, including drug, grocery, health, and department stores. Before opting for pain relieving pills or arthritis cream, speak to a medical professional. Make sure they do not interact with the medications you are already taking. As for heating patches and pads, they are safe to use, as long as used as directed.