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    Medications

    There are many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications available to patients who suffer from osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis
    Arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by degenerative (gradual deterioration of joint) and sometimes abnormal growth in the bone and cartilage of one or more joints and a progressive wearing down of opposing joint surfaces with consequent distortion of joint position and is marked symptomatically especially by pain, swelling, and stiffness; abbreviation (OA)
    of the knee. Depending on your diagnosis and pain, your doctor will help you decide the best medications to take for your knee pain.

    While OTC and prescription medicines generally have a low risk of side effects when used by otherwise healthy adults, they can pose serious health risks in certain cases. See our Knee Pain Treatment Options chart for more information on risks associated with OTC and prescription medication treatments for knee pain. Make sure you consult your doctor prior to taking any medication.

    Over-the-Counter Medications

    OTC medications commonly used as treatments for knee pain include acetaminophenAcetaminophen
    A drug used to relieve pain and fever
    , aspirin, ibuprofen and sodium naproxen. These medications are found at your local pharmacy and offer temporary pain relief for mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

    Prescription Medications

    Prescription treatments for knee pain are prescribed by a doctor when OTC medications no longer provide effective pain relief for your knee pain. Your doctor will review all medications you are taking as well as your pain level prior to prescribing the appropriate pain reliever and dosage.