The Top 8 Medications To Help Manage Severe Elbow Pain

By Alley Benton
Updated February 2, 2017
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The Top 8 Medications To Help Manage Severe Elbow PainIf you have elbow pain, there are different ways out there to find relief. While surgery is always an option, it is something that patients and physicians alike prefer to avoid if possible. Elbow pain management is usually directed at easing the pain by reducing inflammation. In addition, it may also aim to slow down the rate of bone loss, or to prevent other forms of permanent joint damage, for instance, because of inflammatory disease. The exact medication you will be provided will depend on the causes of your pain.

The Top 8 Medications To Help Manage Severe Elbow Pain:

1.) Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are often available as over-the-counter drugs. They help to reduce inflammation and thereby the associated pain.

2.) Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids, which are prescription drugs that act quickly by mimicking the behavior of cortisone, a naturally occuring steroid hormone that is released by the body in response to stress. If your elbow pain is caused by an inflammatory disease, you may be prescribed oral corticosteroids. However, if it affects only the elbow, then injections may be more suitable.

3.) Over-The-Counter Analgesics

Over-the-counter analgesics, which are often provided as a balm, rub, or salve. Some of these medications, in lower doses, are available as an over-the-counter remedy. Zostrix, Voltaren Gel, Icy Hot, Eucalyptamint, Capzasin-P, Ben-Gay, and Aspercreme are all examples of these over-the-counter analgesic medication. They contain a range of active ingredients to help reduce your pain and are particularly suitable for those who have difficulty in taking any oral medication.

4.) Strong Analgesics

Strong analgesics, which are prescription drugs usually given to people with arthritis. However, they are an integral element of all forms of elbow pain management, including fractures. They are different from NSAIDs in as such that they do not address inflammation at all, but only provide pain relief. Some people cannot take NSAIDs due to stomach issues or allergies, in which case analgesics may be appropriate.

5.) Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which is a type of medication that is very slow acting, aiming to change how an inflammatory disease is progressing. There are many different DMARDs available on the market, and they can be used for a range of different conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, and are therefore an important part of elbow pain management.

6.) Gout Medication

Gout medication, which can be beneficial if it is determined that the elbow pain is related to the presence of high levels of uric acid. By providing this medication, further gout attacks can be avoided. Other types of gout medication help to resolve a current attack. In most cases, people have to take both, one during an attack, and one in between attacks.

7.) Biological Response Modifiers

Biological response modifiers, which is the newest type of nonsurgical treatment out there for people with elbow pain. Essentially, it uses biological agents to address the various inflammations found in the body, including the elbow. The FDA has, to date, approved 80 different biological response modifiers, and it is likely that more will follow.

8.) Osteoporosis Medicine

Osteoporosis medicine, which may be provided if people have started to lose bone tissue. This does require an osteoporosis diagnosis, however, and continued treatment.





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