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Linda Maxwell R.Ph.,
Arthritis/Pain Management Pharmacist

What makes a specialist pharmacist special?

“Don’t let your arthritis give you an ulcer.”

What kind of arthritis do you have?

There's a lot of confusion about arthritis, which is a painful and potentially disabling condition affecting the joints. The confusion comes from the fact that there are different types of arthritis and many different types of treatment.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.* This condition comes from wear and tear on your joints. If you live long enough, there's a good chance you'll get osteoarthritis. Other common types of arthritis include gout and autoimmune arthritis-such as rheumatoid arthritis-which occurs when your body's immune system attacks your joints.

Treatments and side effects.

Most people with osteoarthritis can manage their pain by taking over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin. For many people, arthritis treatment requires prescription medication for pain management. It is important to remember that some prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause ulcers, especially if you take them day in and day out for weeks at a time. If you are over 65, have heart disease, or take the blood thinner warfarin, you are especially at risk.

What you can do

If you have to take arthritis medicine every day, you may want to ask you doctor or pharmacist if there's a medication you need to take with it to help protect your stomach from an ulcer. The good news is that there are many such medications available. And remember, if your pharmacy benefit is managed by Medco, I can work with you and your doctor to help manage your pain. So don't let arthritis slow you down more than it has to. Let's work together to help you live as active a lifestyle as you can.

*Mayo Clinic website, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osteoarthritis/DS00019


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