Why Arthritis Patients Aren’t Taking Their Meds.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, recently released a statement in honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, noting the reasons why arthritis patients are not taking their medications.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/why-arthritis-patients-arent-taking-their-meds) notes, it is an interesting conundrum: a disease that causes chronic pain, but patients who often refuse to take their meds.
As the article “Why Arthritis Patients Aren’t Taking Their Meds” reports, arthritis refers to almost 200 different versions of the disease. In general, arthritis can be divided into two categories: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, which is celebrating Arthritis Awareness Month this May, results from the natural wear and tear of joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an inflammatory condition where the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks its healthy cells.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article adds that it can be a challenge to reverse arthritis symptoms—medical experts say there is no cure.
As Dr. Victor Marchione, Editor at Doctors Health Press, states, “Many people find that living with pain simply becomes a part of their life. Doctors freely prescribe meds, and yet, according to a recent study, many don’t take these meds. This ‘intentional non-adherence’ is rampant.”
Marchione adds, “Why are arthritis patients refusing to take prescription drugs? Part of the problem is the ever-present threat of side effects. NSAIDs—the drugs most commonly prescribed as painkillers for those with osteoarthritis—can potentially cause heart problems … and raise blood pressure… But side effects aren’t the only deterrent that keeps arthritis patients from taking prescription drugs—cost is a major factor as well. Popular NSAIDs like ‘Celebrex’ and ‘Voltaren’ can cost upwards of $200 for a month’s supply.”
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, if arthritis patients are truly to be helped through medication, scientists need to work together to find drugs that have minimal side effects. Drugs that are affordable also need to be manufactured.
Marchione continues, “During this Arthritis Awareness Month, we want to encourage you to become more aware of the need for more research and more treatments to help cure this debilitating condition.” He concludes, “Educate yourself on how we can all do our part to find a cure.”
(SOURCES: Tracey-Lea, L., et al., “Patient preferences for adherence to treatment for osteoarthritis: the Medication Decisions in Osteoarthritis Study [MEDOS],” BMC Musculoskeletal
Disorders 2013, 14: 160; “Cardiovascular side effects of NSAID painkillers,” Harvard Health web site, last accessed May 14, 2013.)
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