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Arthritis

Question
Posted by: Lyn | 2018/07/03

Q.

Osteoarthritis

I am a 52 year old female. Have osteoarthritis (related to hip dysplasia) GP said I will need to have a hip replacement but am on a medical aid exclusion for a few months so cannot have the op just yet. I am taking OTC painkillers etc (norflex & rheugesic) and sometimes alternate with a genpayne. Is there anything OTC that would be better or stronger. I am currently taking quite a lot of tablets and would like to know if there is perhaps a better "all in one" OTC medication I can take - pain and stiffness in upper legs

Expert's Reply

A.

Arthritis expert
- 2018/07/04

Hi Lyn

There is one tablet that I can think of, which contains an anti-inflammatory medication as well as something that protects the stomach and that one can take on a chronic basis, called Vimovo. I suggest that you discuss this option with your GP because you will need a prescription. This will probably be better than to take a lot of different over the counter meds. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. 

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