Anti-inflammatories, anyone?

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Anti-inflammatories, anyone?

Postby ArTee » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:22 pm


Finally joined ThisIsMS after a couple of years lurking! Rejected an MS dx several years ago but officially diagnosed in early 2012. Wasn't sure whether to post my question in the "Will the real MS please stand up" thread or in Introductions.

I can't get through more than a few days without Celebrex (anti-inflammatory) -- too much pain. (I also take Copaxone, Amantadine and Elavil.) My question is: do other MS'ers take anti-inflammatories? I can't seem to find much evidence that they do. If MS is related to inflammation, wouldn't it make sense?

Any insight others have is very much appreciated.
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Re: Anti-inflammatories, anyone?

Postby Sparky10 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:57 pm

Good question! I've wondered this very thing. Why is the "antidote" to a flare such a high dose of extreme anti-inflammatory meds like Solumedrol? People are prescribed a low-dose aspirin regimen for various things, often for their lifetime. Why not take a low-dose anti-inflammatory forever?

It couldn't be that simple. I'm sure there's a good reason for this not happening.
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Re: Anti-inflammatories, anyone?

Postby MarkLavelle » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:18 pm

The word "anti-inflammatory" applies to two classes of drugs: steroidal and non-steroidal. Aspirin, Alleve, etc. are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Solumedrol, etc. are based on steroids, and have different effects.

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