Bursitis Remedies: Medications

Bursitis is an inflammatory condition which can disrupt normal daily activity due to its crippling manifestations. This is why promptly alleviating the condition with conventional bursitis remedies is a priority for most sufferers.

Acetominophen is the primary choice for mild to moderate cases of bursitis. As it is a pain relief drug with virtually no anti-inflammatory actions, it is often prescribed with anti-inflammatory medications. It is important to note if ever allergies with this type of drug are present and promptly informing the health care providers is imperative.

Taking the right dosages with their recommended frequencies is crucial as over dosage of acetaminophen can have troubling effects. These include nausea loss of appetite, sweating, vomiting, extreme tiredness, pain in the upper right part of the stomach and unusual bleeding flu-like symptoms and bruising. Should any excess in recommended doses be taken, it is wise to seek medical attention before any symptoms may develop.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are often prescribed due to their pain reliving and anti-inflammatory actions. Drugs under this classification include Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Celebrex, and many others. NSAIDs work by reducing inflammation. Their mechanism of action influences a key enzyme of inflammation called cyclooxygenase, which converts arachidonic acid to prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Prostaglandins are primarily responsible for the local inflammation. Inhibiting the catalyst enzyme helps in hampering the inflammatory process.

Should the condition not subside with initial natural arthritis remedies, it may be necessary to extract fluid from the bursa and inject corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are a class of medications that are related to cortisone. These types of drugs are extremely effective in addressing inflammation and are used to reduce inflammation with various health problems.

This form of treatment can have short term complications but are relatively uncommon. Immediate side effects may include shrinkage and lightening of the color of the skin at the injection site. As it is also a mildly invasive procedure, introduction of bacterial infection into the body can occur as well as local bleeding from broken blood vessels in the skin or muscles. Soreness at the injection site can also happen and at times aggravation of the inflammation may be a consequence.

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