Share Article

Start a Discussion

Articles > Are you interfering with your arthritis treatment?

Are you interfering with your arthritis treatment?

Provided by HealthMonitor

Following your arthritis-treatment plan to the letter but still not getting the relief you're after? Take a peek in your medicine cabinet. Many everyday drugs and supplements taken for other conditions can interfere with your arthritis medications and even lead to problems that could have been avoided. Check the table below for common interactions'the list is not comprehensive, so there could be others'and report any concerns to your healthcare provider or pharmacist. And remember, never stop taking a medication without consulting the healthcare provider who prescribed it.

Treatment (Pain relivers)
'?Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)

What can interact with it
" Alcohol (three or more drinks a day)
" Narcotic pain relievers (e.g., combination products with codeine)
" Cold & flu remedies (e.g., combination products for fever and pain)

Potential Problems
" Combining any of these increases the risk of acetaminophen
poisoning and liver damage.

Treatment (Pain relivers)
'?Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including prescription and OTC versions, such
as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib
ALERT! Never take two NSAIDs together, which can increase the risk of bleeding

What can interact with it
" Alcohol (three or more drinks a day)
" Blood pressure meds
" Blood thinners (e.g., warfarin) " Corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone)
" Supplements (e.g., blood-thinning herbs such as ginkgo,
garlic, ginger)

Potential Problems
" May increase risk of stomach bleeding.
" Diuretics (water pills) may not be as effective when taken with NSAIDs.
" Taking ibuprofen with ACE inhibitors (e.g., enalapril) can decrease
effectiveness and lead to kidney damage.
" Increased risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers, depending
on dose and type used.

Treatment (other arthritis treatments)
'?Corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone)

What can interact with it
" Diabetes meds (including oral drugs and insulin)
" Supplements (e.g., high-dose zinc or blood-thinning herbs such as ginkgo, garlic, ginger)

Potential Problems
" May interfere with blood sugar control, since corticosteroids can raise blood sugar.
" Certain herbs may increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
" Studies suggest high-dose zinc may block the action of corticosteroids,
reducing their effectiveness.

Treatment (other arthritis treatments)
antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which are used to treat rheumatoid
arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and lupus. Examples include methotrexate,
sulfasalazine and the drug class
called biologics.

What can interact with it
" Blood thinners
" Drugs that suppress the immune system (check with your doctor about the specific types you should avoid)
" Echinacea and other immune-boosting supplements
" Gout medicine such as allopurinol

Potential Problems
" Combining sulfasalazine with blood thinners increases the risk of bleeding.
" Could increase the risk of infections, since DMARDs keep inflammatory diseases
in check by suppressing parts of the immune system.
" Could decrease the effectiveness of DMARDs and increase the risk of liver problems.
" Combining allopurinol with certain DMARDs increases the risk of liver problems.

Treatment (other arthritis treatments)
'?Gout medications

What can interact with it
" Aspirin
" Diuretics (water pills used to control blood pressure)

Potential Problems
" Although these drugs do not interfere directly with gout meds, aspirin and diuretics
can trigger a gout flare, making it seem as if your gout treatment isn't working.

Treatment (other arthritis treatments)
'?Osteoporosis medications

What can interact with it
" Antiseizure drugs (e.g., phenytoin, valproate)
" Blood thinners (e.g., heparin) " Corticosteroids " Diuretics
" Heartburn meds called proton pump inhibitors (e.g., omeprazole)

Potential Problems
" May interfere with osteoporosis treatment, since these meds can increase
the risk of bone loss, depending on dose and length of time taken.

Vaccine alert!
While it's generally safe to get inactive (not live) virus vaccines (e.g., the flu shot), people taking DMARDs or steroids should avoid them at certain times, so check with your rheumatologist first.

Diabetes Mellitis (Type II) Gastric Ulcer Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Gout Osteoarthritis Renal Failure Rheumatoid Arthritis Acid Indigestion Acid Reflux Fever Heartburn Indigestion, Acid Non-Cardiac Chest Pain Pain Pyrosis Reflux, Acid Acetaminophen Allopurinol Azulfidine Diclofenac Humalog Ibuprofen Methotrexate Naproxen Phenytoin PredniSONE Sulfasalazine Valproate ZINC Aspirin Flu Arthritis Diabetes Hypertension Systemic Lupus Erythematosis Osteoporosis Psoriatic Arthritis Ginkgo Biloba Upset Stomach

Copyright © 2014 HeathMonitor. All Right Reserved.

Related Discussions
  • Diabetes type 2

    I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 in 2009. I am currently controlling my disease with diet and exercise, no medications. I go between supportive family and times when I feel they are sabotaging by bringing home my favorite cook...

  • Fibromyalgia

    Hello. I am 51 years old and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 17 years ago. It took a few years to get the right combination of medications, but my FM was fairly well managed until the last couple of years. I am seeing an orth...

  • Pounds2Go

    I have so much excess weight. That is my #1 health challenge. My diabetes, also, has progressed so much so, that my doctor has suggested I see an endocrinologist and a nephrologist. My most recent microalbumin test showed an ...

  • Glad that your surgery went

    Glad that your surgery went well. My hubby has started process of seeing if he can have it here in Ontario to get rid of most of his meds for diabetes.

  • One year ago...

    I stopped working last July. Filed for disability. I'm awaiting a court date now. MS issues with fibro, with anxiety & depression, I'm not the same person I once was. I still have swelling issues that have now gone up to my t...

  • Diabetes

    i have type 1 diabetes and have had it for 45 years. Also RA. Experiencing all of the bad stuff one can get later in life with these conditions.

  • Diabetes blood pressure pain in lower back legs arms

    My fiance bad habits smoking cigarettes

  • not feeling well

    In April 2014 I found out I was hiv positive. At the time my cd4 count was 217 and my TCEll count was 16 .. I did blood work in June and my cd4 count is 684 and the TCEll count is 27 ... Lately I haven't been feeling well hea...

  • diabetes

    my AIC is 7.3 dr wants to put me on Juaniva in addition to metformin and glimperide, I have read all the side effects and afraid to try - what do you think?

  • diabetes

    my AIC keeps going higher, dr wants to put me on Juaniva in addition to glimeperide and metformin. I read too many side effects and afraid to try- what to do?