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Herbal Supplements Spotlight, Issue #009 -- Arthritis Drug Dangers
April 14, 2005

Arthritis Drug Dangers

Are Natural Arthritis Treatments a Safer Option?

Millions of people suffer the debilitating symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, with more cases being diagnosed each year.

Vioxx, Celebrex and other anti-inflammatory drugs, called NSAIDs, have provided relief for arthritis sufferers for years...but troubling facts that have emerged about these drugs have left many patients scrambling for answers!

Although these arthritis drugs can provide significant relief, new information about their potential side effects has caused many doctors and patients to reevaluate their protocols.

The most popular of these drugs, Vioxx, was pulled off the market in 2004 due to increased risk of heart attack and strokes. A few months ago, another popular NSAID, Celebrex, was pulled off shelves. And now, just a few days ago, the last of the top three, Bextra, was taken off the market due to serious and sometimes fatal skin reactions to the drug.

So what are arthritis sufferers supposed to do now?

The news is quite troubling, as all of the major arthritis medications are under fire for causing serious side effects.

That's why more and more arthritis sufferers are turning to natural treatments for their condition. Although supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin have been used for years, the recent problems with arthritis drugs have made them more popular than ever.

Do they work? Many people swear by them. But not all natural arthritis treatments are created equal. As you might know, natural supplements are not regulated, and as such there are many subpar products on the market.

But there are some quality arthritis treatments as well, manufactured by well-known natural health companies. Some of the better ones contain natural glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and other nutrients that can help relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation.

The best part is, these natural supplements do not have any adverse side effects, so they may be a safer option for arthritis patients. They can offer similar benefits without the risks.

If you are suffering from arthritis, and want to learn more about natural treatments, visit our natural arthritis cures page for more information.

Until next time, here's to your health!

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