Ibuprofen, Naproxen Can Make Arthritis Inflammation Even WORSE

Pills spilling out of prescription bottle

At a glance

  • Common painkillers can make the misery of osteoarthritis even worse, a new study warns.
  • Ibuprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac are among the many drugs for relieving aching joints.
  • However, researchers say they may aggravate inflammation of the knee over time.
  • They belong to a class of medications known as NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • The study, based on a review of over 1,000 patients, is one of the first to investigate their long-term effects.

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