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How Does Flexify Compare With Other Arthritis Medications?

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How Does Flexify Compare With Other Arthritis Medications?

Treatment for arthritis isn’t one size fits all. With more than several types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, treatment options can range from ointments and creams to prescription drugs and joint-replacement surgery.

Flexify Advanced Joint Support has been proven to improve the lives of many arthritis sufferers experiencing mild to severe symptoms. To help you make an informed decision on what treatment is best for you or your a loved one, we’ve listed the pros and cons of several common arthritis medications, including Flexify.

The Pros and Cons of Common Arthritis Medications

NSAIDs

Over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, acetaminophen (e.g., Aleve®), and ibuprofen (e.g Advil®and Motrin®) are usually the first line of defense when treating joint pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. People older than 65 as well as those who are pregnant or who have high blood pressure, asthma, ulcers or a history of kidney or liver disease should be careful when taking NSAIDs. Your doctor can also give you prescription NSAIDs such as diclofenac, etodolac and piroxicam, which are a little stronger than OTC NSAIDs but still have the same serious long-term side effects.  

  • Pros:Ease painful flare-ups caused by arthritis
  • Cons:NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding and kidney damage if taken in high doses or over a long period of time. Should only be used short-term.

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in over-the-counter medications like Tylenol® and Excedrin.® It’s helpful in relieving mild to moderate pain, similar to NSAIDs; however, acetaminophen doesn’t carry the same risks to the heart and stomach.

  • Pros:Works best if taken before pain starts, especially with increased exercise or physical demands.
  • Cons:Can cause complications for those who have liver damage and those who take more than 3 grams per day.

Topical Medications

Topical medications come in the form of creams, ointments and gels. When applied to the affected area, they can provide temporary relief of minor joint aches and pains. Topical treatments are often used in conjunction with oral medications. The most commonly used topical medications include counterirritants (these make skin feel hot or cold to distract from pain), salicylates (consult a doctor first before taking salicylates if allergic to aspirin or taking blood thinners) and capsaicin (a chili pepper extract used in creams and patches that causes a burning sensation in order to distract from joint pain). 

  • Pros:Provide temporary pain relief to joints that are close to the surface of the skin. Good for minor joint discomfort and inflammation.
  • Cons:Not a long-term solution for treating joint pain. For those with severe arthritis symptoms, topical medications may not be enough to ease pain and reduce inflammation.

Prescription Pain Relievers

Doctors may prescribe a pain reliever for patients who don’t respond well to either OTC NSAIDs or prescription NSAIDs. Opioids like codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone are sometimes prescribed by doctors for patients experiencing severe pain. They are highly addictive and should be used as a last resort. Other prescription painkillers like steroids, Cymbalta® (duloxetine) and hyaluronan can provide temporary relief to affected area.

  • Pros:Provides temporary relief for those experiencing severe pain who haven’t responded well to NSAIDs.
  • Cons:Opioids to treat joint pain can be extremely addictive and should only be taken as a last resort. Injections can cause allergic reactions, bleeding and skin discoloration.

Flexify Advanced Joint Support

Flexify ̛isn’t a prescription drug, topical medication or injection. It’s an all-natural supplement that contains clinically tested ingredients proven to reduce joint pain long-term. Patients have responded better to taking Flexify compared with other arthritis medications. A $12.5 million study conducted at 16 U.S. rheumatology research centers found that patients who experienced moderate to severe pain responded better to the glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which are ingredients in Flexify.

  • Pros:Provides immediate and long-term pain relief and joint support. Helps maintain adequate levels of collagen to build and support healthy joint cartilage. Improves joint function and mobility by reducing inflammation. Blocks the enzymes that break down cartilage surrounding the joint and helps slow down the progression of arthritis diseases.

When In Doubt Ask Your Doctor

We’re confident thatFlexify can help you feel better and improve your quality of life in a matter of days. But, if you’re still not sure that Flexify or any of the above treatments is right for you, we encourage you to check with your doctor before making a decision.