New Osteoarthritis Medicine Guides Released

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has released new consumer and healthcare provider guides that summarize findings of an AHRQ comparative effectiveness review on osteoarthritis pain medications. The guides are written in plain language and draw on a review of 360 published studies. The consumer guide,”Choosing Pain Medication for Osteoarthritis,” summarizes the evidence on both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It includes information on effectiveness, cost, and potential side effects for non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), COX-2 inhibitors, Tylenol, and others. The guide for healthcare providers, “Choosing Non-Opioid Analgesics for Osteoarthritis,” provides similar information while evaluating the scientific evidence that applies to the drugs' benefits and risks.