DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the best medicine for arthritis? My doctor prescribed me diclofenac sodium and another doctor told me it will damage my liver and kidneys with prolonged use. As you know, arthritis is a chronic disease. Please let me know what medicine I can use for arthritis. —AA
ANSWER: I assume you mean osteoarthritis, the most common type, not inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re not sure which type you have, ask your doctor, because inflammatory arthritis requires very different and aggressive treatment.
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