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Analgesics for Osteoarthritis—An Update

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What To Discuss With Your Patients and Their Caregivers

Things you should discuss with your patients and their caregivers regarding analgesics for osteoarthritis include:

  • The importance of managing osteoarthritis-related pain and inflammation for improving quality of life and function.
  • The potential benefits and adverse effects associated with different types of nonopioid analgesics based on the characteristics of the individual patient.
  •  Individual patient values and preferences when considering the trade-offs between benefits and adverse effects of each treatment option.
  •  Information on symptoms that indicate GI and/or CV adverse effects, and directions for when these symptoms should be reported.