How Can My Pharmacist Help Manage My Arthritis?
Erika Brown, Pharmacist
Pharmacists can help manage pain, including chronic pain caused from arthritis. Your pharmacist is specially trained to recommend over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, provide counseling on prescription medications and even guide patients on non-pharmacologic recommendations for managing chronic pain from arthritis.
One of the common, guideline-recommended, OTC treatment options for arthritis-associated pain is acetaminophen. It is important to limit your daily dose of acetaminophen to no more than 3,000 mg/day. Your pharmacist can help you to determine other medications you may be taking that also contain acetaminophen. Ask your pharmacist if this is an appropriate medication for you before starting this therapy. Other over-the-counter options include topical pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications. Certain OTC medications may be a better option for you based on other conditions you may have, and therefore it is important to discuss your entire health history with your pharmacist.
Your pharmacist can also answer questions you may have regarding prescription medications for the treatment of arthritis or medications prescribed to relieve arthritis-associated pain. They can provide education about your arthritis medications, including how to properly take the medication, drug–drug interactions and any side effects that may occur. Your pharmacist can help guide you to use your medications in the safest and most effective way possible. By providing education and following up with your arthritis management, they can help work with you and your provider as a member of your healthcare team to ensure the best outcomes for you.
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.
May 1, 2019