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Question:I am 92, live alone, and have arthritis in my hands, back and ankles. I am taking Naprosyn, but is there a better medication to ease pain when sleeping?
Answer:There are a large number of anti-inflammatory medications that can be used to control arthritis, and it is often a matter of trial and error to find the one that suits you best. Some medications last for longer than others, but they may not be as effective in easing the pain. Anti-inflammatories such as Celebrex, Vioxx, Orudis and Feldene only need to be taken once a day, and they should control pain through the night. Other medications are taken twice, three times, or rarely four times a day as they have a shorter active life. You should discuss your problem with your general practitioner so that various combinations and permutations of medications can be tried until your pain is relieved.
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