Hi Helpline Team,
My doc prescribes me a gram of Naproxen per day. Being a child of the 60's and 70's I'm not particularly drug averse and I find this NSAID very helpful during the bad times.
I do often stop taking the drug for several days or a week though having read of the bad long term effects on the kidneys etc. This in the hope that reduced intake will be proportionally less damaging ultimately (especially since having just read on this site that NSAIDs only treat the symptoms and have little or no effect on joint deterioration).
As I mentioned, I'll take pretty much anything in moderation, which usually means in as small amounts as possible. To this end I've been grinding up aspirins with olive oil in a pestle and mortar (not a particularly fun Arthritic activity) :-) and applying it topically to my wrists as an alternative to the Naproxen. It does seem to help.
I also swallow a gram of ground Turmeric in milk per day as a parallel treatment.
My main question is: Does the combination of chemicals in the various methods of treatment I use cause any known metabolic problems?
I'd also appreciate any helpful comments on the information I've given here.