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what is the best thing to buy otc; for chronic arthritis?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Naproxen OTC : B sure to clear it with ur PC as there are many side effects that can b very dangerous. Kidneys, stomach, & liver.
Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: There is really not a "magic" pill to cure arthritis so any meds can be helfpul. I would start with your basic NSAID (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc) and see how they work. Don't get caught up in paying more for brand names as generic just as effective. Some people have better effects with one vs another so may require some trial and error. Nothing will take all the pain away.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Meds: Everyone responds differently so there is some degree of trial & error. Nsaids such as alleve or Ibuprofen (motrin, advil) are popular. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is good for pain relief but is not an anti-inflammatory.

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