As the elderly population continues to grow, it is expected there will be a significant burden placed on our healthcare system. One of the key areas of focus involves the use of prescription and non-prescription medications and the health issues that may be attributed to these drug uses.
Because chronic pain is common in the elderly population, the use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory is expected to rise. In addition, to anti-inflammatory, the use of prescription analgesics is also expected. Conditions such as osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disorders are expected to account for the majority of diagnoses. It is important, therefore, that senior adults find ways in which to manage these conditions so as to prevent the development of additional complications and side effects with age.
The two most commonly used medications, among the elderly population, include celecoxib and naproxen. To manage age-related joint and muscle pain, these two medications are expected to be some of the most commonly recommended, and commonly prescribed, drugs on the market. As a result, the long-term health complications associated with these two drug uses are also of concern.
Renal function, or kidney function, in senior adults are also quite often compromised. Even without medications, many senior adults can expect to experience some type of renal complication with aging. When medications for joint and musculoskeletal pain are introduced, the risks for the abnormal renal function may be significantly increased. Of the medications, celecoxib, and naproxen, it is believed that naproxen may possess the greatest health risk for renal dysfunction.
As with any complication that arises out of age-related complications, it is important to understand how the medications your physician recommends, and prescribes, may adversely affect other bodily functions. With renal function already compromised in senior adults, the use of specific drugs to manage joint pain and inflammation may only serve to further complication this complaint.
At an early age, it is important to manage your health as effectively as possible so as to reduce your risk for long-term health complications. With urinary complications, a concern with age, manage your joint pain effectively with exercise and diet and try to reduce your use of celecoxib and naproxen as much as possible. With proper diet and exercise, your joint pain can be reduced; cardiovascular health can be improved with an improvement in kidney function, ultimately leading to a reduced need for prescription and non-prescription medications. If your physician prescribes naproxen, ask about alternative methods for controlling pain.