Originally posted by redhead57
I was on both Vioxx and Celebrex and i can assure you that NSAID's are just as effective for arthritis pain.
What appears to be missing from this exchange was touched upon in the NYT article:
The reliability of dozens more articles he wrote is uncertain, and the common practice — supported by his studies — of giving patients aspirinlike drugs and neuropathic pain medicines after surgery instead of narcotics is now being questioned.
The U.S. has a very weird attitude towards medicinal narcotics in the first place, and if one was allowed to deal with pain using these proven drugs, much of this mess wouldn't have come about.
Imagine the silliness of not allowing palliative care using effective drugs! You may die in pain but hey...at least you won't get wired! In Canada, codeine is readily available for moderate pain...the lighter doses don't even require a prescription. I have back issues...on a bad day I reach for a tylenol#3...on a really bad day, I reach for a percocet. Most days...no problem, and no...no addictions. NSAID's work to a degree if you're lucky, but you have to be more lucky to both maintain their effectiveness over the long term and avoid ulcers.
In fact, I was told by a prominent neuroscientist who deals with pain that the addictive quality of narcotic drugs does not manifest itself when the drug is used in proportion to the pain it treats. So...proper pain management is the key.
Yes, we have 'hillbilly heroin' addicts, but it's obviously not that great a societal problem that we sentence those in pain to a life in hell.
And opiates have been used for thousands of years...if there is any pharma-conspiracy, it is because you can't patent a poppy.
The academic fraud? Shameful...goes without saying.