The NSAID Farce

NSAID-pain-reliefRheumatoid Arthritis today is not the same as it was 25 years ago. Now, the population at large has at least a vague idea of what Rheumatoid Arthritis is. Of course, the misconceptions and stereotypes still run rampant, but at least people have heard of the disease. Back when I was diagnosed with JRA, the term had barely been coined. When anyone heard me say those three letters they usually asked “what’s that?”

Today things are a bit different. In fact, they are so different, that we’ve completely passed the happy medium, and continued right on to the opposite extreme. Now, you can see commercials on television that advertise RA medicines almost every day. Unfortunately, the ads that play most at prime times are the ones for NSAIDs, and they are usually for osteoarthritis. NSAIDs, for those who missed the memo, are popular over-the-counter and prescription drugs such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprophen and acetaminophen. The main problem is that these commercials further the spread of misinformation about arthritis. I like to refer to the whole shebang as the “NSAID Farce.”

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