Journal article

Over the counter (OTC) oral remedies for arthritis and rheumatism: how effective are they?

MW Whitehouse, MS Roberts, PM Brooks

Inflammopharmacology | Published : 1999

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Increasingly patients resort to alternative remedies for arthritis and rheumatism, perhaps partly impelled by reports of toxicities from prescribed non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). There is uncertainty about whether the most common alternative treatments provide relief or may cause adverse reactions. AIM: To ascertain the validity of manufacturers' claims permitted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia for a range of self-medication products to treat the pain and inflammation of arthritis, available in local pharmacies, supermarkets or by mail order and in other countries. METHODS: OTC products were administered orally to rats in standard assays f..

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