While ibuprofen is a common go-to drug for inflammation, it is not the only option. Other drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription, can be effective in treating inflammation.
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are a class of drugs that includes ibuprofen and naproxen. These drugs work by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, which are compounds that play a role in pain and inflammation. In addition to ibuprofen and naproxen, other NSAIDs include diclofenac, celecoxib, and indomethacin.
Corticosteroids are another option for treating inflammation. These drugs work by suppressing the immune system, which can help reduce inflammation. Common corticosteroids include prednisone and methylprednisolone.
Biologic response modifiers are a newer class of drugs that work by modulating the immune system to help reduce inflammation. Biologic response modifiers include adalimumab (Humira), etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade), a bata cept (Orencia), anakinra (Kineret), certo lizum ab peg.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) should be taken at 500 mg, 12 tablets, every six hours as needed for pain
Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. It is available over-the-counter (without a doctor’s prescription). Acetaminophen is usually taken orally (by mouth) in the form of tablets or capsules, but it can also be given intravenously (through a vein).
Common brand names for acetaminophen in the United States include Tylenol, Datril, Panadol, Excedrin Extra Strength, and Percocet. Acetaminophen is also found in many cold and flu medications.
Acetaminophen works by reducing the amount of prostaglandins that are produced in the body. Prostaglandins are hormones that play a role in pain and inflammation. By reducing the amount of prostaglandins that are produced, acetaminophen decreases pain and fever.
Acetaminophen can be used to relieve pain from various conditions such as headache, dental pain, menstrual cramps, arthritis, or other types of pain. It can also be used to reduce fever. Acetaminophen is typically taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain or fever relief. However, it should not be taken more often than directed by a healthcare provider. Taking too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage or death. If you have liver disease or drink alcohol regularly (>3 drinks per day), you should not take acetaminophen without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Arnica a homeopathic medication that can be taken orally or topically
Arnica is a homeopathic medication that can be taken orally or topically. It is derived from the Arnica montana plant and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, including inflammation.
There is some scientific evidence to support the use of arnica for inflammation. A 2012 study found that arnica gel was effective in reducing inflammation and pain in people with hand osteoarthritis. Another study, published in 2016, found that arnica gel was effective in reducing knee pain and disability in people with osteoarthritis.
While there is some evidence to support the use of arnica for inflammation, more research is needed to confirm its efficacy. If you are considering taking arnica for your inflammatory condition, be sure to speak with your doctor first to ensure it is safe for you.
Bromelain a pineapple extract and a natural anti-inflammatory
Bromelain is a pineapple extract that has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used as an alternative to ibuprofen for treating inflammation. Bromelain can be taken in supplement form or applied topically to the skin.