What are some over-the-counter treatments for osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Over-the-counter approaches to treating osteoarthritis include:

  • topical capsaicin cream
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • aspirin
  • glucosamine/chondroiton (limited evidence of effectiveness in people
         with osteoarthritis)

In addition, many knee braces, sleeves, and orthotics are sold over the counter. Your doctor might also have a good selection of quality orthotics that do not require a prescription.

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